Man Charged with Attempted Murder After 2 Deputies Shot

A Virginia man has been charged with attempted murder after police said he shot two sheriff's deputies on Christmas Eve.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said Douglas V. Johnson Jr., 39, was arrested on Sunday night after a domestic incident in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles northwest of Washington.

The deputies, a woman and a man, worked for an hour to try to de-escalate an argument between and Johnson and his 19-year-old daughter at a house on Hollow Mountain Place, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said.

About 5 p.m., Johnson went upstairs, and three deputies followed him into his bedroom to arrest him, when he reached for a gun, Chapman said.

Chapman said deputies almost immediately used a stun gun on Johnson, but he managed to fire several shots. A female deputy was shot in the leg, and a male deputy was hit in both legs and an arm.

"Clearly, there was two or three booms. It sounded louder than a gunshot, but maybe, potentially, because it was inside the house, and maybe that was the reason, but clearly, it was a boom," neighbor Anantha Bangalore said.

The third deputy involved in the struggle subdued Johnson and took him into custody, Chapman said.

"Four or five cops pulled him out. I think he was trying to resist. They pinned him on the ground here," Bangalore said.

The deputies are in good condition and will most likely not need surgery, Chapman said.

Johnson is being held without bond. 

A GoFundMe page was set up to provide financial assistance to the families of the injured deputies.

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