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Fairfax police shoot, wound Mount Vernon man in confrontation

Fairfax County police officers shot and wounded a man who confronted them with a knife as they tried to serve an arrest warrant on him Monday afternoon, police said.

The incident occurred just before noon at an apartment or condominium in the 5700 block of Olde Mill Court in Mount Vernon, said Fairfax County police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. She said that officers had gone there to serve a warrant for destruction of property and that after a brief discussion, the man “confronted officers with a knife.” She said he was shot by police after he continued to be “non-compliant” with officers’ orders.

The man was transported to a hospital Monday afternoon, Caldwell said. She said she did not know the severity of his injuries.

Other details of the incident remained unclear. Caldwell said that four officers were assigned to handle the warrant but that she was unsure how many were in the man’s residence when the shooting occurred and how many fired their weapons. She said she could not say immediately how many shots were fired.

Caldwell declined to identify the man who was shot. She said others were home at the time of the shooting, but she did not know their relationship to the man police were trying to serve.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.


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