Suspect Dies After Being Shot by Police at Va. Hospital

The suspect allegedly had a weapon and threatened police before the shooting.

A man allegedly wielding a sharp object died after being shot by a deputy on the campus of a Virginia hospital Aug. 15.

Police say the incident occurred around 4 a.m. as the man threatened the deputy on the campus of Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Police were first called about a suspicious man with a weapon near the hospital’s parking garage around 10 p.m. A Fairfax County Sherriff’s deputy on assignment at the hospital responded to the report and located the man.

The deputy shot the man multiple times after the suspect threatened the officer. The man died inside the hospital shortly after the shooting, according to Patch.

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Police said the man, who has not been identified, appeared to be having a “mental episode.” It is unknown what part of the man’s body was hit, although authorities say there is video evidence of the encounter.

After the shooting, three other police officers arrived along with personnel from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to treat the suspect. The suspect was then transported inside the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Fairfax County Police Major Crimes Division is conducting a criminal investigation and the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an internal review.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been with the department for 18 years.

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