Justin Jouvenal

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering courts, policing and technology

Education: MA New York University

Justin Jouvenal covers courts and policing in Fairfax County and across the nation. He has covered MS-13, Ebola and the Freddie Gray case.
Latest from Justin Jouvenal

Former Va. principal unaware that 6-year-old had gun, attorney says

An attorney for the former Richneck Elementary School principal gives her first comments on the shooting.

February 2, 2023

Va. school ignored warnings boy had gun before he shot teacher, attorney says

The allegation came on the same day the Newport News School Board voted to relieve the district's superintendent of his duties.

January 25, 2023

Judge dismisses lawsuit by former Charlottesville police chief

RaShall Brackney, the city's first Black female police chief, had alleged her 2021 firing was discriminatory.

January 24, 2023

Two people killed in Waldorf crash, police say

The crash occurred when one driver went through a red light as another was making a turn, police said

January 21, 2023

School downplayed warnings about 6-year-old before teacher’s shooting, staffers say

The previously unreported incidents raise new questions about how Richneck Elementary School handled the 6-year-old who police say shot a teacher.

January 21, 2023

Gun used by 6-year-old to shoot teacher was stored with lock, family attorney says

The family made their first public comments on the shooting in a statement released through their attorney.

January 19, 2023

Police say they weren’t told of report that 6-year-old had gun before Va. shooting

Newport News police and school officials did not provide additional details Friday that would clarify questions about how school officials handled events leading up to the shooting.

January 13, 2023

Before shooting, backpack of Va. 6-year-old searched by school staffer

The search was prompted by reports the student may have had a gun. The new details were revealed during a meeting with parents and school system administrators Thursday night.

January 12, 2023

A Yorkie was dognapped. A man who hunted al-Qaeda came to the rescue.

Dog thefts -- some violent -- appear to be on the rise nationwide. One pup held for ransom was saved by an unlikely team.

January 12, 2023

6-year-old who allegedly shot Va. teacher used gun legally purchased by mom, police say

Police revealed new details of the shooting at a news conference, including that the teacher helped her students get to safety before seeking help for herself.

January 10, 2023