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Armed Fairfax Man Wounded by Police

A 60-year-old Fairfax County man who allegedly shot at police officers Monday night was seriously wounded when the officers returned fire, police said yesterday.

Police said they had a mental detention order for the man that had been signed earlier that day by a county magistrate, and officers from the special operations division went to his home in the 3000 block of Southern Elm Court, near Fairfax Circle.

The officers had been warned that the man was armed, and when they entered his home about 7:30 p.m., "we returned fire" after the man shot first, Lt. Amy Lubas said. The man was wounded, but no officers were struck.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where officials said he was in critical condition last night. No further details were available on how the confrontation erupted, where the man was wounded or how many officers were involved. The officers were placed on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

Man Killed in Stafford Hotel

A 32-year-old West Virginia man was shot and killed yesterday after an argument in a hotel room in Stafford County, Virginia State Police said. They said they were questioning another West Virginia man in connection with the incident.

Police said the shooting occurred shortly before 5 p.m. in a room in the Johnny Appleseed Quality Inn on Route 17.

The name of the dead man was being withheld until his relatives could be notified.

Firefighter Charged in Murder Attempt

A Roanoke County firefighter has been arrested on charges of attempted murder and felony child abuse.

Details of the case against Phillip Casteel were not released yesterday, but Floyd County Commonwealth's Attorney Gino Williams said the charges involve tampering with the brake system on a vehicle.

Casteel, of Bent Mountain, was held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin. He was arrested Monday.

Casteel, who has been with the fire department for about six months, has been put on administrative leave without pay, according to Roanoke County spokeswoman Anne Marie Green.