Fairfax County officers cleared in fatal shooting

Two Fairfax County police officers have been cleared in the fatal shooting of a Centreville-area man, who approached them holding a shotgun and refused to drop the weapon, police said Tuesday.

Fairfax prosecutors determined that no charges will be filed against officers Jonathan Keitz and Stephen Sykes in the July 21 death of 34-year-old Ricardo Leon, Fairfax County police said.

Police were called to the 6100 block of Kendra Way for a report of a disturbance inside a home around 1:30 a.m. that day, police said. When officers arrived, they said they could see an armed man in a ground-level garage. The officers took cover as Leon approached them. He refused orders to stop and drop his weapon, so officers Keitz and Sykes opened fire on him, police said.

The officers provided first aid to Leon until paramedics arrived, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A woman inside the home and a neighbor had placed the calls for a disturbance.

Keitz, a five-year veteran, and Sykes, a four-year veteran, were placed on administrative duties, while the shooting was investigated. They will now return to patrol duties. Both work out of the Sully District Police Station.

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