UPDATE: Name of Deceased Released

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release:12/140/2990/sb/(6) UPD 1
May 21, 2012


UPDATE: Name of Deceased Released


             The deceased has been identified as Gray Alan Combs, Jr., 22, of no fixed address.

 Officer-Involved Shooting in the Springfield Area

            Franconia Police District - Police are investigating an overnight officer-involved shooting that occurred inside an apartment in the 5700 block of Backlick Road. Officers were called to the apartment around 11:08 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, for the report of a wanted person who was hiding in a bedroom.

            Officers were familiar with the suspect because they’d encountered him previously on Friday night. The suspect had seven outstanding warrants:  Three felony counts of producing child pornography, three felony counts of possessing or reproducing child pornography with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor warrant for consensual sexual intercourse with a minor. On Friday night the suspect allegedly gave officers false identification and escaped after a brief foot chase. As a result, two additional warrants were issued for resisting arrest and identity theft.

            While searching the residence, patrol officers and a K9 team encountered the suspect, who threatened them with a sword and failed to comply with their commands. The officers fired both less-lethal bean bag rounds and lethal rounds, striking the suspect, who fell to the ground. Officers immediately rendered medical aid and performed CPR. The suspect was transported to the hospital and died a short time later.

            This investigation is ongoing. One officer has been placed on routine administrative leave. The deceased’s name is not yet available for release pending notification of next of kin. All information provided in this release is based on preliminary investigation and may be subject to revision as the investigation continues.

            Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.


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