An apparent domestic dispute Friday morning led the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to Loudoun Crossing, a luxury home community. Officials encountered a knife-wielding man who refused to drop his weapon.
That’s when a deputy opened fire, killing the man. The unidentified deputy who fired the shot is now on paid administrative leave.
Friday was the second day in a row that sheriff’s deputies were called to the home on Carriage Horse Drive. But this time, the dispute didn’t end peacefully.
“That’s a surprise. That’s definitely a surprise,” Parm Sandhu said. “Didn’t expect that.”
The community is so quiet, visitors can hear the leaves rustling through newly planted trees and see American flags waving in the wind.
“It’s a neighborhood. It’s like everybody’s a big family,” Sandhu said. “Everybody’s cool with everybody.”
“You always see kids around walking and playing outside. You see families walking around in the evening,” resident Cynthia Alfaro said. “It’s a very calm neighborhood. I’m very surprised that this would happen here.”
Yellow crime scene tape reminds residents of what happened Friday, just before sunrise. A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputy was responding to a call for help at when he was met at the door by a man with a knife.
Officials said the deputy asked him multiple times to drop the weapon. When he didn’t, the deputy fired a single shot, killing him.
“He seemed to be a nice person. So we are all very shocked in terms of what happened,” neighbor Karthika Radhakrishnan said. “He was actually very friendly with the kids.”
Neighbors remember a kind man who frequently walked a small dog. He recently went door-to-door soliciting donations to send underprivileged children to summer camp.
“He was dressed nicely, like a clown, and came around. He said, ‘Give only a quarter, that’s all.’ But then, this would help some kids,” Radhakrishnan said.
The initial call for help came from a relative inside the home, who reported that the suspect was damaging items inside.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman told WUSA9 he believes his deputy acted appropriately. But to ensure the investigation is objective, he’s asked the Virginia State Police to handle it.