Va. Police Shoot, Kill Child Porn Suspect

Man refused to surrender, threatened police with a sword

Sunday, May 20, 2012  |  Updated 7:25 PM EDT
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Fairfax County police shot and killed a man wanted for child pornography, after they say he pulled a sword on them.

NBCWashington.com - Darcy Spencer

Fairfax County police shot and killed a man wanted for child pornography, after they say he pulled a sword on them.

Fairfax County Police are investigating an incident that ended in officers shooting and killing a man wanted on child porn charges Saturday night.

Investigators say the shooting occurred inside an apartment on Backlick Road in Springfield. Police were informed that the suspect, who has not been identified, was hiding in a bedroom.

Police say the man was wanted on three felony counts of producing child pornography, three felony counts of possessing or reproducing child pornography with intent to distribute, and one misdemeanor count of consensual sexual intercourse with a minor. Police had encountered the suspect the previous night, but he allegedly escaped on foot after giving the officers false identification.  

With felony counts of resisting arrest and identity theft added to his rap sheet, the suspect refused to surrender when encountered by police Saturday night. Instead, officers say he threatened them with a sword.

After making repeated demands for the man to surrender, officers fired both live ammunition and bean-bag rounds, fatally wounding the suspect, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The investigation into the case is ongoing.

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