Child porn suspect killed by police in Springfield

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

SPRINGFIELD, Va. – A child pornography suspect was shot and killed by police Saturday night after evading officers and then threatening them with a sword.

Fairfax County police say the man had eluded them Friday night by using false identification, and then escaped after a brief foot chase.

Officers re-encountered the suspect Saturday night while searching an apartment in the 5700 block of Backlick Road because of a report of a wanted person in a bedroom.

Police say the suspect refused to comply and threatened officers with a sword. Police fired both less-lethal bean bag rounds and real bullets at the suspect. He was transported to a hospital where he died a short time later.

Police say the man, whose name is not being released, had seven outstanding warrants for child pornography, and sex with a minor as well as resisting arrest and identity theft.

The officer involved is on routine administrative leave while the case is investigated.

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