Fairfax County police detectives have identified a man fatally shot Wednesday by a Fairfax police officer at the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter near Fort Belvoir.
James Bryant, 28, of no fixed address, was shot and killed as police tried to stop a fight at the homeless shelter on Richmond Highway, Fairfax police said in a statement Saturday.
Two police officers responded to the shelter around 6 p.m. after Bryant, who was staying at the shelter, began assaulting other residents, according to police. When they arrived, they encountered Bryant, who assaulted one of the officers and wrestled away his baton, authorities said.
Bryant then began to assault the second officer with the baton, police said.
Officers first attempted to use non-deadly force to try to end the assault, according to police, but those attempts were not successful. The officer who had been struck by the baton fired his service weapon at Bryant, fatally wounding him, according to authorities.
Bryant was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
The officer who was assaulted with the baton was also taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. The 35-year-old officer, an 11-year veteran of the department, is currently assigned as a patrol officer in the Mount Vernon Police District, police said. Both officers involved in the incident have been placed on routine administrative leave, authorities said. Police did not identify the officers.
Fairfax authorities said there were at least four other victims of the fight at the shelter, three of whom were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.