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Police: Woman dies after being set on fire during domestic incident in Fairfax Co.

Police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance after neighbors heard a woman screaming for help.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Police say detectives are questioning a person of interest after a woman was set on fire during an alleged domestic incident at a Fairfax County apartment complex.

In a press conference Wednesday, Fairfax County Bureau Chief Ed O'Carroll explained the tragic series of events. 

O'Carroll said officers were called to the 2900 block of Willston Place in Falls Church to investigate a domestic disturbance after neighbors heard a woman screaming for help.

When officers arrived, they found Fairfax Fire crews also pulling up to the apartment complex. When crews entered the apartment, they found a woman on fire. First responders attempted to save the woman but she died from her injuries.

“This is a horrific crime and profoundly sad,” said O'Carroll.

Detectives have not released any information on the identity of the woman killed.

Shortly after locating the woman's body, officials released a photo of a person of interest who neighbors say ran from the apartment. The man was eventually located by officials and has been taken in for questioning. 

No one else was home when the woman was killed. 

O'Carroll could not say how the person of interest and the victim may have known each other but officials believe this was an isolated incident. 

The bureau chief confirmed in the press conference that officers have been called to the area twice before due to domestic disturbances and that investigators are looking into whether or not those calls for help are connected. 

"We're gonna get all the answers," said O'Carroll.

 This is an active investigation. Anyone with information should contact police at 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477) or by texting "FCCS" to 847411. 


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