Police shoot, kill man who threatened deputy shortly after leaving Virginia hospital

Police shot and killed a 29-year-old man Monday who allegedly attacked a security guard and charged at a police officer with a metal sign after his release from Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to The Washington Post.

During a news conference Tuesday, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. said hospital security guards escorted the patient to a bus stop after he was discharged from the hospital. Soon after, just before 10 p.m., hospital security received a call that the man was wielding a weapon at the bus stop. When hospital security guards responded to the scene, the man allegedly struck a guard with a metal sign post, according to the report.

When a radio call went out on the hospital security channel, a Fairfax County Sherriff deputy who was at Inova Fairfax guarding a patient from the jail responded to the scene. Police say the deputy tried to negotiate with the man, but the man charged the deputy with the sign post over his head, prompting the deputy to fire his weapon.

The man was taken to the hospital and later died of his injuries.

Police say the deputy was trained to handle incidents involving people with mental illness. He has been placed on routine administrative leave, according to the report.

 

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