The woman told officers as they spoke on the front lawn that her husband also had a knife and a BB gun, police said.
Police said that officers “issued commands” to the man before he left the home but that he advanced toward them with the knife.
The man “charged at the officers with a knife,” Police Chief Barry M. Barnard said at a news conference.
The two officers shot the suspect in the upper body. The man, identified only as a 54-year-old from Woodbridge, was taken to a hospital with serious wounds, police said.
The officers weren’t injured and will be placed on paid leave, which is standard procedure in such cases. Barnard said police will investigate to determine “if our officers acted properly.”
The shooting occurred on a street lined with single-family homes about a mile north of the intersection of Prince William Parkway and Old Bridge Road.
Barnard said police believe the couple’s young children were home at the time.
Barnard said responding to calls of domestic violence can be dangerous, referencing a rookie Prince William officer who was killed after responding to a such a call in 201
6. In that case, Officer Ashley Guindon was fatally shot on her first day on the street in Woodbridge in an incident that also left two officers wounded.
“This is a high-risk type of call,” Barnard said. “They’re not sure what they’re facing.”