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Prince William Officers Shoot, Kill 79-Year-Old Man, Police Say

The Dumfries man was allegedly armed and suicidal before the shooting, police said

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Prince William County police officers fatally shot a 79-year-old Dumfries man, who was allegedly armed, near his front door Thursday after his wife reported he was having a mental health crisis, police said.

Five officers fired following an hour-long search for the man, who had been roaming the neighborhood armed with a gun, Prince William County police said.

The man was identified as Kurtis Kay Frevert, authorities said Friday.

Frevert's wife called police Thursday evening to report her husband was making concerning statements and armed with a handgun, police said.

Officers responded to Secret Grove Court in Dumfries, which is in the gated Four Seasons community, about 7:15 p.m. "regarding a suicidal individual," authorities say.

Frevert had left his home and was walking around armed with a handgun, police say.

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The Crisis Intervention Team and Co-Responder Unit were on the scene, police say. Police also requested the help of Fairfax County police helicopter, which found the man in a wooded area headed back toward home.

Frevert was at the front door of his home when he encountered officers, police say.

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Five officers fired their weapons and Frevert was struck, police say. Police said they didn’t know if the man had fired his weapon.

Frevert was taken to the hospital, where he died.

No officers were injured, police say. The officers involved have been placed on paid leave during the investigation, which is routine, police say.

The Prince William County police department is taking the lead in investigating its officers’ actions, police say. A criminal and administrative investigation are underway.

The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park is also investigating.

"We understand the public’s desire to know more, which is why the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has assembled a team that is moving swiftly to gather the facts and review the incident," a statement from the office said.

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