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BREAKING: Fairfax County police officer fatally shoots man at McLean house

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis addresses the media after a fatal shooting by a police officer in McLean (via FCPD/Facebook)

(Updated at 11 a.m. on 7/8/2022) A man in McLean was shot and killed by a Fairfax County police officer last night (Thursday), the county’s second fatal police shooting in the past week.

Officers were called to a residence in the 6900 block of Arbor Lane for a report of a man “throwing objects outside,” the Fairfax County Police Department reported in a tweet at 9:38 p.m.

Police say the encounter turned into a struggle between the man and three officers, who deployed electronic control weapons, or Tasers, multiple times before shots were fired. Officers on scene frantically called for an ambulance after the shooting, saying the man had been shot multiple times in the chest, according to scanner traffic.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, no injuries to officers have been reported.

At a press conference around midnight, police said that they were initially called to Arbor Lane — a narrow residential street between Langley High School and the Beltway — around 7 p.m. for a “man in crisis.” Officers and a crisis intervention clinician responded but were unable to locate the man, police said.

Then, around 8:45 p.m., police say they received another call, returned to the scene, went inside the home and located the man, who allegedly threw an object at officers and then charged at them through the house’s foyer with another object in his hand.

“A struggle ensued and the man charged at our three officers with something in hand,” said Maj. Eli Cory. “Two of our officers deployed their [Tasers] multiple times, and the third officer deployed his service weapon, striking the man and he collapsed.”

The man’s identity and his connection to the house where the incident happened have not been released. Police Chief Kevin Davis said the individuals who made the 911 calls “are known to this man” but declined to comment on their exact relationship.

Police said they were still determining what objects the man had since “there are a lot of objects on the scene.”

The team that responded to the initial call included a clinician as part of the FCPD’s budding co-responder program, which pairs police officers with behavioral health specialists for emergency calls involving people experiencing mental health crises.

“We’re going to determine exactly where she was, but the nature of the second call was far different from the nature of the first call,” Davis said when asked why the clinician was not on the scene for the second call.

The FCPD’s internal affairs and major crimes bureaus are now investigating the shooting.

Last Friday (July 1), a man later identified as 37-year-old Christian Parker from Reston died after two FCPD officers shot him at Springfield Town Center.

Davis emphasized that there is no correlation between the two shootings.

“Any time these happen, it’s the most serious thing that can happen to any police department — the use of deadly force,” Davis said. “The community and the police department, we’re all marching shoulder-to-shoulder. When these things happen, we take them seriously, we investigate them, and we determine what the facts were.”