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Hearing continued in Christmas Eve shooting that left two Loudoun deputies wounded

Douglas V. Johnson
A Sterling man who authorities say shot two Loudoun County deputies last Christmas Eve will return to court April 10 for a preliminary hearing on two counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

The defense for Douglas V. Johnson, the defendant who was 39 at the time of incident, on Feb. 23 requested a continuance during a court date, according to the Loudoun County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.

The continuance was granted, with the next hearing set for April 10 at 1 p.m.

Johnson was taken into custody on Christmas Eve after deputies were called to a Sterling home for a domestic dispute. After deputies struggled with Johnson, he fired at officers multiple times, striking two, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. The deputies are “recovering well” but have not returned to work, an LCSO spokeswoman said Monday.

The shooting happened in 46000 block of Hollow Mountain Place in Sterling.

Earlier this year, Judge Dean Worcester denied a request for Johnson to be released on bond.


The continuance doesn’t bother me, as Johnson is where he belongs and won’t be going anywhere for a long time. There’s no harm in bending over backwards to give him “due process.” This is one of those cases where you want to be doubly-sure that everything is done right the first time around, so that when the hammer of justice comes down, it will be final.

One question for the lawyer-types who frequent the LTM comments section, and I know that there are several—What exactly is “attempted capital murder?” “Capital” generally means that the death penalty is in play, but that’s not an option if the victims survive….or is it?

Why did the defense request a continuance?

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