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Police: Officer-involved shooting in Woodbridge was justified

© Leesburg Today - 08/28/2015

A preliminary review of an Aug. 17 police-involved shooting in Woodbridge has found that the officer's actions were justified.

Prince William County police on Friday released results of the department's investigation into the non-fatal shooting in the 13100 block of Tory Loop.

""The officer was justified given the circumstances and acted appropriately,"" Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert said.

Police identified the officer as Hector Figueroa, a 30-year plus law enforcement veteran who has served eight years with the Prince William County Police Department.

Figueroa was called to a disturbance between Yonatan Marufe, 25, and his 47-year-old stepmother that evening at 6:36 p.m. The two had been involved in a verbal confrontation and ""Yonatan had broken an interior door in the home,"" county police spokesman Jonathan Perok said in a news release.

The first officer on the scene was met by the stepmother out front, who told him that Yonatan has a history of mental illness.

""The officer went to the front door of the home, announced himself and called for Yonatan,"" Perok said.

Concerned that Yonatan may hurt himself, the officer then went into the house with the stepmother and headed upstairs where he was last seen.

""Upon reaching the top of the steps, Yonatan appeared suddenly in front of the officer, armed with a knife,"" Perok said.

He then raised the knife towards the officer and the stepmother.

""In an attempt to create distance, the officer stepped back and lost his footing, falling back into the stepmother and down the stairs. Yonatan continued aggressively advancing down the steps towards the officer with the knife,"" the release said.

At that point, the officer pulled his service weapon and fired, striking

Yonatan in the shoulder.

Yonatan was treated at an area hospital and released that same night.

The officer and stepmother both suffered injuries in the fall down the stairs and were treated at the hospital. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

Yonatan was charged with attempted aggravated malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and attempted aggravated malicious wounding. He remains in custody at the Prince William-Manassas regional jail pending an Oct. 14 court hearing.

""I fully support the officer's actions in this case and feel they were justified with the situation he faced,"" Prince William County Police Chief Steve Hudson said in the news release. ""We hope everyone involved in this incident makes a speedy recovery and that Yonatan receives the proper treatment he needs.""

The shooting remains under investigation and a final determination will be conducted by the department's Police Deadly Force Shooting Review Board.

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