Alexandria Police Shoot, Kill Man in Domestic Incident

Duke Street remains shut down in both directions.

UPDATE (6:55 p.m.): Alexandria police say the suspect in Monday's shooting had a gun. Read more here.

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One man is dead following an officer-involved shooting Monday in West End Alexandria.

Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt said police were called to the 3400 block of Duke Street, near Quaker Lane, at approximately 2 p.m. in reference to a domestic dispute.

“It evolved into a fatal officer-involved shooting,” Hildebrandt said. “The suspect did have a weapon.”

Duke Street remained shut down in both directions at 3:40 p.m.

Melinda Fields Sigal, a West End resident who was picking up a friend in the area shortly after 1:30 p.m., said she saw police with guns drawn near an apartment or condominium complex on Duke Street. She told Patch she heard multiple shots fired.

“You could tell there was a lot of panic in the air,” Sigal said. “You could tell the police were trying to protect everyone.”

Check West End Alexandria Patch later today for more on this developing story.

Rachel Leonard February 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM
A comment was removed from this article due to profanity.
CMurphy February 19, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Two actual human beings -- along with the police -- have said he was carrying a gun and fired it first. One of those humans appeared on Channel 7 last night and the other is quoted in this story.
Jason Smiley February 20, 2013 at 02:44 AM
How come the cops can never Taser someone or shot him in the legs? Its clear this guy was suffering some type of mental breakdown. Is that reason to take his life? Granted, he posed a threat to the community, but can there at least be an attempt to take him out peacefully? Try that for the first 15 secs, if that doesnt work, then shoot him center mass. I know, easy for me to say as a Monday morning quarterback. Would love to hear from some witnesses if they believe this was the only possible way to resolve this issue. Tear gas the guy - bet he collapses on the ground, no shots fired.
Doug February 20, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Right - because in the 15 second window you propose this person wouldn't have the chance to fire off a few rounds, which in that period of time could be the entire contents of the magazine, at police, fire or other civilians. Think about what you suggest and then try to put yourself into the shoes of the police officers who risked their lives to end this threat to our community. Geesh.
Mark Rosoff February 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I agree, except that's Monday morning and quarterback is one word.


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