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Posted on: December 24, 2017

Two Deputies Shot During Domestic Incident, Suspect in Custody


December 24, 2017


Kraig Troxell, Media Relations & Communications Manager, 703-771-5278

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Loudoun County, VA- Two Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies are recovering tonight after they were shot during a domestic-related incident outside of a Sterling, Va. residence. 

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call in the 46000 block of Hollow Mountain Place shortly before 4 p.m. on December 24. An adult male was reportedly involved in a physical altercation with a family member. Deputies began conversing with the subject and working to establish a rapport with him to deescalate and resolve the situation.

A few minutes after 5 p.m., the subject walked upstairs and to the doorway of a bedroom closet.  As two deputies attempted to arrest the suspect, the suspect made a sudden move into the closet. One deputy deployed his TASER as the second deputy attempted to restrain the suspect. The suspect was able to grab his own handgun and fire at the deputies, striking both. With the assistance of a third deputy who was in the house, the three deputies were able to handcuff and secure the suspect.

The two injured deputies were transported by ground to Reston Hospital Center where they are being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. “I am proud of the actions and bravery of our deputies tonight and would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support we have already received. I am glad the deputies are doing well as the situation could have ended much worse,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. 

The suspect was identified as Douglas V. Johnson Jr., 39, of Sterling. Johnson was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted capital murder. He remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.

The names of the deputies have not been released at this time. 


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