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Posted at 11:42 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Prince William police identify man they shot

Prince William County police on Thursday identified the armed man they shot and killed Wednesday afternoon.

Jabril Eli Mitchell, 21, had a handgun and allegedly was connected to an armed burglary in Woodbridge that morning, police said. Mitchell was shot in Dumfries after he refused repeated commands to drop his weapon and moved toward officers who had tracked him.

Police were investigating the shooting on Wednesday and Thursday. In a statement released Thursday night, Prince William County Police Chief Charlie T. Deane concluded that the shooting was justified and that the officers had complied with department policy.

“This is an example of the risks faced by officers each day in serving our community,” he said.

Police have not identified the officers who shot the man or said how many officers were involved. On Wednesday, they were placed on administrative leave with pay because of the investigation. It could not immediately be determined Thursday night whether they are back on duty.

According to Prince William court records, Mitchell has been found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon, possessing marijuana last year and committing petty larceny. Last October, he was sentenced to 3 years of probation for embezzlement.

The incident marks the fifth time this month that police officers in the Washington area were involved in fatal shootings. Two of the other incidents involved Prince George’s County officers, one involved District police and one involved Takoma Park police.

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