Loudoun County, VA (October 22, 2021)- A Loudoun man is facing multiple felony charges including attempted aggravated murder after he pointed a firearm at a Loudoun Sheriff’s Office deputy and later a construction worker which led to a multi-jurisdictional search along the Fairfax-Loudoun County line Thursday night.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies were attempting to serve felony warrants from multiple jurisdictions on the suspect yesterday afternoon. The suspect, Terry L. Settles, 48, was seen getting into the passenger seat of a vehicle in the area of McBryde Terrace in South Riding. Deputies initiated a traffic stop in the area of Loudoun County Parkway near Center Street when the driver turned back into the neighborhood of McBryde Terrace.
The suspect then pushed the driver out of the vehicle and got into the driver’s seat. At this time an LCSO deputy tried to apprehend Settles when the suspect pulled out a firearm and pointed it directly at the deputy. As the deputy was attempting to take cover, the suspect closed the door on the deputy and backed into an LCSO vehicle leading to a pursuit into Fairfax County. Law enforcement lost sight of the vehicle. There were no serious injuries reported to any of the deputies.
The LCSO began coordinating with the Fairfax County Police Department in a search for the suspect vehicle. The LCSO later received information the suspect was seen on foot after he pulled a firearm on a construction worker in the area of Bull Run Post Office Road and Hollyspring Road in Loudoun County.
A perimeter was immediately established and law enforcement personnel from the Fairfax County Police Department, the Prince William County Police Department, the Virginia State Police, and the U.S. Park Police helicopter assisted in the search.
The suspect was located in a wooded area between Bull Run Post Office Road and Braddock Road. He initially refused to come out of the wood line and was armed with a knife. He ultimately surrendered and was taken into custody. Settle’s knife and firearm were recovered at the scene. The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.
The vehicle he fled in was discovered in a nearby wooded where he abandoned it after being involved in a single-vehicle crash.
Settles was charged with attempted aggravated murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of assault on law enforcement, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, hit and run, two counts of resisting arrest, eluding, brandishing, and driving on a revoked license. He was also served on warrants out of Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Frederick County (VA).
Settles is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond.