It was a bloody night in Burke, Virginia Monday after a man armed with a shotgun murdered his mother and nephew… then opened fire on police.
It launched a standoff for several hours overnight.
Police later identified the man as 36-year-old Marcellus William Bounds IV.
He was found hours later in the home on Wicklow Drive, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
According to Fairfax County Police Ed Roessler, the shooting victims were identified as Patricia Marie Bounds, 67, and 19-year-old Sean Patrick Bailes.
Two police officers from Fairfax County were hit with shrapnel from a shotgun round fired on them. They were treated and released.
The chief called it a fit of “horrific violence”. He said it all started around 9:10 p.m.
It began with a call from the man’s mother to 911 to report a domestic disturbance at the house in the 6100 block of Wicklow Drive. According to the woman, a family member was threatening her with a gun. The person who called 911 said he then heard the woman being shot over the phone, the chief said.
It only took three minutes for police to arrive, but by then the man had also shot his nephew, who they say was hiding in a bathroom.
The chief said that a second nephew was able to get out. He ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
When police rolled up to the home’s sliding glass door at the back of the house, they said the man walked toward them and opened fire.
The chief said:
“They did as they were trained. They announced their presence and at the same time he was coming right at them with the shotgun.”
He said that thank God, the officers were protected by a ballistic shield. It stopped everything but the shrapnel
“The shield did what it was designed to do, and I thank God for that,” Roessler added.
According to the chief, one of the officers who is being identified only as a veteran officer, returned fire several times. He has been placed on administrative duty, which is routine after the use of deadly force, Roessler said.
After opening fire on the cops, the man ran back into the house, prompting the call of a SWAT team to try and negotiate with the man.
They were unable to do so.
Several hours later, the SWAT team got inside the house and found the man dead inside, dead from that apparent suicide.
The chief did not say whether the man was hit by any of the gunfire from police – but only because they are still investigating.
“We did fire several rounds to stop his deadly force, so that’s yet to be determined,” he said.
According to Roessler, it was clear there was “an ongoing family issue that escalated” before the shooting. He went on to say that he didn’t know whether police had been called to the house before, and the police haven’t said who lived there.
Detectives will be working at the house for quite some time. “This is going to probably take weeks to get the full picture,” Roessler said.
Yesterday, we shared the story of a man with a knife running at police screaming “kill me”. Of course the media isn’t covering it because it doesn’t fit the ‘cops are evil’ narrative – so no one can know about it.
Here was that story:
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My officers were called out to an address after reports came in about a a suicidal man standing in the street armed with a knife.
The scene was surreal; an armed individual in broad daylight standing in the middle of the street screaming at responding officers.
“Kill me!” he yelled.
The first officer on the scene was veteran who had recently latterly transferred to our agency after 20 years of service at his prior department. The second officer on the scene was another lateral transfer with over 25-years of experience and a master less-lethal force instructor.
Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation verbally without success. The subject began advancing towards officers.
“Shoot me!” he continued to scream.
Less-lethal beanbags were deployed by officers from a neighboring agency, who had ironically been trained by one of my officers on the scene. The beanbag bursts were successful in taking the individual to the ground, but a taser also had to be deployed when he began to stand again, clutching the knife in his hand.
The 26-year-old was disarmed, taken into custody and transported to a local hospital.
This was a textbook example of dealing with a situation like this. The incident could have easily resulted in the use of deadly force. Training, equipment and veteran experience prevented a bad situation from turning into a tragic one.
Previous contacts with this individual revealed that he was under treatment for mental health issues. The individual had been hospitalized on several previous occasions, some of those contacts being aggressive encounters with police.
One of the officers involved in this incident and I were attending a training conference listening to a former Seal Team Six member who was talking about his struggles with his mental health after he had sustained a career-ending wound when an enemy combatant shot him in the leg, virtually destroying his femur.
He spoke about his dive into a dark abyss, turning to alcohol and medications to numb the pain. He described the moment of agony driving him to put a gun to his head when his wife stopped him, contacted his former team members and eventually the local police department.
He talked about how professional the two officers who responded were. How they made eye contact with him, how they used de-escalation techniques. He praised them for saving his life.
As we sat listening to this hero’s journey, we received a text message from the other officer involved in our recent suicidal subject incident.
“I was just getting fuel when our suicidal from last week walked up to me and said, ‘thank you for not killing me,’” the message read.
Training, experience and life skills have saved countless lives. It’s unfortunate the public doesn’t hear about stories like this that happen everyday. The focus seems to be on the vilification of police.
I’m truly grateful that these veteran officers continued to serve and protect, when they could’ve easily walked out the door never looked back. Thank you for your leadership, your mentoring and your dedication to the next generation of law enforcement.
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