Security Guard Shoots Man With Knife Outside Community Center in Fairfax County

Guard asked man to put two dogs on leashes

A security guard shot a man at a community center in Fairfax County, Virginia, Thursday afternoon, police said.

The security guard at the Gum Springs Community Center in the 8100 block of Fordson Road in Hybla Valley approached a man walking two dogs off leash at the baseball field at nearby Marting Luther King Jr. Community Park, police said. The guard asked the dogowner to put the dogs on leashes as children were going to be arriving at the day care at the community center.

An argument developed between the two, and the man, who was armed with a knife, approached the security guard aggressively, police said. The security guard shot the man once.

The man got into a car with the dogs and drove away. The security guard got the license plate number and called 911 at 1:17 p.m.

Police said they tracked the license plate number to a nearby home in the 2800 block of Joseph Makell Court, where they found the man on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

The security guard told police he shot the man in fear for his own life. It's unknown whether the man had weapon.

Children were never in danger, police said.


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No charges have been filed at this point.

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