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Loudoun County authorities are investigating a reported burglary and assault in the Ashburn area on Tuesday night.

The suspect reportedly forced his way into an apartment in the 20600 block of Hope Spring Terrace around 5:30 p.m., according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. He reportedly assaulted the homeowner before grabbing a knife from inside the apartment, where the suspect sustained self-inflicted injuries.

The suspect was detained as deputies arrived on scene, and he was taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital. He was being transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital due to the extent of his injuries and for a mental health evaluation.

The homeowner was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The circumstances surrounding the assault remain under investigation. Charges are pending, according to the LCSO.


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(14) comments


Help a person of no particular gender or race has kicked in my door...... we're sending a trained social worker to process what the suspect is feeling, stand by.


RHG--wrong. Look, my family has served/is serving in various state and local law enforcement agencies in this country. They tell me that reforming police operations is not a bad thing as there are many areas within a law enforcement operation that can/should be reformed. Police overtime pay is one. The realignment of funds and reform of police operations should not impact police response times and the appropriate deployment of officers to incidents that warrant direct action by officers/deputies. As for social workers, my family members in law enforcement also tell me that that is not a bad idea either. The use of social workers to help deal with emotionally disturbed individuals is good as law enforcement officers are not really trained to deal with it. Many times, a social worker can diffuse a situation that could result in the proper use of police force. Nothing wrong with the idea.


V. This will also put a burden on the 911 dispatch function. We are now going to ask these folks to determine if a domestic abuse situation is likely to result in physical danger or not and to determine whether to dispatch a counselor or an armed law enforcement professional. This reallocation of resources is like many other ideas, sounds good until it is attempted to put in practice. My problem is that our politicians are rushing into a shift in the model of law enforcement without thinking it through, without trying to understand the implications and impacts, without getting community input other than those with the loudest voices. If you believe reform is necessary then it needs to be thought out very carefully as lives will be at stake.


LetSanityPrevail--no, that is not it works at all. What I have heard proposed is that, should a unit be called out to respond to a report of an emotionally disturbed individual, the responding unit would consist of an armed law enforcement officer paired up with a social worker. I believe that is the approach that the New York Police Department is contemplating. If so, then you wouldn't tie up the 911 dispatcher as it would involve one call. Alternatively, you could always call out a radio unit to respond and, based on the officer/deputy's perspective (or that of a supervisor, if warranted), then they could request a social worker come. The first approach would be better. I agree that the political class in this country have no clue what really goes into the policing function in this country and frankly they could care less until it suits their purposes. For example, in Chicago, the Mayor of Chicago at the time, Rahm Manuel, thought it would be swell to get rid of the gang unit in the Chicago Police Department and move those resources to foot patrol and you see the results. Now, the NYPD has officially disbanded the anti-crime units and crime is going up. Politicians should leave policing to the professionals.


Voltaire , thanks for that personal Anecdote, touching. Reform is definitely needed, no doubt . However, here an anecdote of my own. When a disturbed individual with a knife closes with you as a cop and gets 1 good slash in on you and now you have arterial bleed and need 200 stiches; I'm sure that can be resolved with a social worker. sometimes bad people just do bad things. Ask your family about the 21 foot rule with edged weapons and how that works. #betterdrawfast


RHG--OK, a little reason is needed here. BTW, a member of my family who is a state law enforcement officer, had a similar scenario the other week and he had to draw a service weapon and command the subject to stop advancing and he did so. I also know friends of my family, also members in law enforcement, have actually killed people in proper use of force situations that match the situation you describe. That decision is the decision of the responding individual officer/deputy and that decision is based on the situational environment. However, not all emotionally disturbed people need to be killed by law enforcement in use of force incidents. My family and friends in law enforcement acknowledge that and they also told me that there are other methods to deal with that. Most emotionally disturbed people can be handled by a social worker as most of them are not violent. However, there are emotionally disturbed people who are violent and that is a different situation. I am not saying that the deployment of social workers will stop the application of the proper use of force. However, what I am saying is that most law enforcement organizations would rather deal with the emotionally disturbed person using non-lethal methods first and then, if warranted, the use of proper force. Also, most law enforcement officers wear protective vests that provide relative protection against stab wounds.


Voltaire.. I think what round hill guy is saying is if you let a dude with a knife get say 10 feet away, and he decides he's going to plunge that knife in your jugular, there's very little you can do at that point, with a firearm, to stop it. at that point it is hand to hand...he has an edged weapon, you do not. By the way, your vest won't help you here.

most people do not realize how fast a person can close the distance... flip the switch, zero to 60 like that.

so the guy "may" just be having a cry for help. or he "may" be planning to leave this earth that day and take you with him...


KK153--OK, first of all, as my family members with over 30 years on the job in state/local law enforcement tell me, any law enforcement officer should be able to determine a situation and control it before he appears 10 feet away. Furthermore, if he appears to have a weapon, then you command him to stop and if that doesn't work you either go with non-lethal (TASER/Baton/Flashlight) or you can draw your service weapon. However, as I have said, the officer/deputy on the scene has to make that determination based upon the circumstances the situation at hand. Clearly, before any unarmed civilian (social worker) would try to talk with this person, the law enforcement officer (s) (may be more than one called) would disarm the individual and probably detain him with handcuffs to prevent further escalation.

so the guy "may" just be having a cry for help. or he "may" be planning to leave this earth that day and take you with him...


That's funny!


Glad you are amused.


It should be mandatory that cops to be taught graduate level sociology and psychology. 90% of what police are required to do requires skills in problem solving and dispute resolution. Not speaking as a "COPS" junkie but as a CJ major.


LL--actually, no it shouldn't. First, they are responsible for law enforcement not social services. People study sociology to become social workers, not law enforcement officers. If a police officer needs the services of a a social worker then they can request that and one will be provided. The same reasoning applies to psychology. Law enforcement officers are not trained to be psychologists either. If law enforcement needs the services of a psychologist, then they can use the one on the law enforcement agency's staff or bring in a private one. That is not part of the job description and to make these two subjects required would cost the taxpayer significant amounts of money for a return that is not worth the investment. I am speaking as a member of a family with over 30 years in law enforcement.



We need community responders for incidents like these, not trained law enforcement officers.

Chris McHale

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