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Posted at 06:28 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Police fatally shoot armed man in Centreville

The Fairfax County police fatally shot an armed man in Centreville overnight after he refused orders to drop his weapon and began approaching officers, authorities said.

Officers were called to a townhouse in the 6100 block of Kendra Way around 1:30 a.m. for a report of a disturbance, said Mary Ann Jennings, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman. As officers arrived, they saw the man through the open door of a ground level garage, Jennings said.

The officers got out of their police cruiser and ordered the man to drop his weapon multiple times, but the man did not comply and began walking toward them, Jennings said. At that point, one or more of the officers opened fire on the man, Jennings said.

Officers then tried to resuscitate the man, but he died at the scene, Jennings said. The man has not been identified, but Jennings said he appeared to be in his mid-30s.

Someone inside the home and a neighbor placed the initial 911 calls for a disturbance. Jennings said it appeared there was another adult at home at the time of the shooting.

Officers continue to investigate the incident at the scene, Jennings said. The Fairfax County police internal affairs unit is also conducting a probe, which is standard procedure in a police-involved shooting, Jennings said.

No additional details were immediately available. Stay with PostLocal for updates as the story develops.

By  |  06:28 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide

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