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Police: Suspect in Fatal Police Shooting Had Gun

Alexandria police shot and killed a man Monday after responding to a domestic dispute on Duke Street.

Alexandria police say a man who was shot and killed by officers Monday on Duke Street threatened officers who were responding to a domestic dispute with a gun.

Police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt said police were called to the 3400 block of Duke Street, near the intersection with North Quaker Lane, at approximately 2 p.m. Someone involved in the domestic dispute had called 911, Hildebrandt said.

Hildebrand said she did not know what officers encountered when they arrived on the scene but that the man had a gun.

“That’s what we’re looking into,” she said. “They did encounter a suspect with a weapon, and that resulted in a fatal police-involved shooting, but more than that is under investigation.”

Also, the department’s Criminal Investigations Section and Internal Investigations Unit are conducting investigations into the shooting.

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.”

Sigal said she had just picked up her friend, Marshall Love, when he suddenly said, “Look at all the cops.” She said she saw police ready to fire.

Love, a resident of Temple Hills, Md., who was conducting business Monday in Alexandria, said he saw eight to 10 officers on the scene with guns drawn, including one officer with what appeared to be a rifle. He said he saw a woman try to walk toward the suspect and an officer with a shield that prevented her from entering the scene of the standoff.

“A person dropped the shield and then ran to the scene to restrain her,” Love said. “She was passionate about trying to get to the suspect, but couldn’t.”

Love said he saw the suspect fire a gun. Multiple officers returned fire, he said.

Hildebrandt said police are investigating whether the suspect fired a shot. No arrests were made on the scene, she said.

The incident occurred near the intersection with Arell Court, near Sunrise of Alexandria, a home for seniors. Duke Street remained shut down in both directions through Monday night.

Per departmental policy, the officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave with pay during the investigation, according to the police department. Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the incident is asked to call the Alexandria Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section at 703-746-6711.

Charles Holland Sr February 23, 2013 at 07:13 PM
There's no reason for Police to shoot anyone that many times overkill, But the truth will be revealed .
Jaime williams February 24, 2013 at 02:08 PM
The truth will be revealed and Taft was not a criminal, he served our country!!!!!!!! I personaly knew him and he went over there to stop is sister from beating his grandmothers ass!! so stop with the maddness!! point blank this shit is shady!!!
concerned citizen February 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM
I witnessed part of this incident. I was driving East on Duke street and was stopped at the light directly in front of the scene, with a clear view to an black male sitting and leaning to his right inside the brick stairwell where it meets the parking lot. It looked almost as if he had a blanket around him. At this time, there were 4 APD officers (all caucasian) with their guns aimed at suspect. It was all very relaxed, one officer was digging his feet in the dirt behind his car to prop his firing stance, was taking his time and attention off the suspect and acting in a casual manner, fully exposing himself to suspect. Several other officers were intermittently sighting the suspect with guns and then looking away and moving around. The suspect was in no way threatening anyone at this time. He was simply sitting in the stairwell. He wasn't making any moves to surrender either. My thoughts at the time "Oh my, they are going to shoot that guy" It was disturbing, nobody was trying to communicate with the suspect. I considered remaining, even capturing this on my phone, but light changed and LE vehicles with lights on were approaching from behind me fast and an unmarked black sedan was heading in westbound on Duke. I left prior to the gunfire, and not sure how long after I left it occurred. It's possible it may have been suicide by police. I had a clear view of suspect, he had no unconcealed weapon at that time. I swear this is 100% factual.
Dave February 27, 2013 at 08:25 PM
What was "the truth"? Why not reveal it to us now?
Dave February 27, 2013 at 08:42 PM
What is the acceptable amount of times to shoot someone who aims a gun at you, a coworker, or a citizen? If I was a cop and someone raised a gun at me or my coworker or a citizen, do you really think there's a maximum amount of times I should be allowed to pull the trigger to defend us or the public?! Your friend had his chance and made his choice. What is "the truth"? Why not reveal it to us now?

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