Loudoun County, VA (January 2, 2021) – A suspect is in custody after a Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy and two civilians were injured when shots were fired by the suspect while he was being taken into custody for a larceny at the Dulles Crossing Plaza late this afternoon.
The suspect was initially confronted by two civilian loss prevention officers at the Walmart, who reportedly observed him stealing items from the store. As two deputies responded to take the individual into custody, the suspect began to struggle with them and pulled out a firearm. The suspect then discharged multiple rounds striking one deputy and the two store employees.
The suspect fled the store as another deputy gave chase. The deputy and the suspect exchanged fire. The suspect, who was struck, was able to flee the area in a vehicle he stole from a nearby parking lot.
All three of the victims were taken to a local hospital and are being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
A lookout was posted for the stolen vehicle and members of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) located the suspect vehicle traveling southbound on Route 28. FCPD Officers followed the suspect vehicle which ended up crashing in the area of Presgraves Court. He was later taken into custody by the Fairfax County Police Department on Pennsboro Drive. He was taken to an area hospital. Charges are pending.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Fairfax County Police Department and the Virginia State Police for their assistance.