Woman with knife killed in shooting with Loudoun Co. deputies

Loudoun County, Virginia, deputies shot and killed a woman they say lunged at them with a knife early Friday.

Virginia State Police identified the woman as 36-year-old Faubricia Virtaux Gainer, of Reston. They said she stabbed two people in an apartment, including a teenager, before the deputies showed up.

State police are investigating the shooting at the request of the sheriff’s office.

The incident unfolded shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, when Loudoun County deputies responded to an emergency call about an argument in an apartment in the 46600 block of Ellicott Square in the Potomac Falls area, according to a state police news release.

Police said Gainer was near the entrance of the apartment and armed with a knife when deputies arrived and, despite their commands, refused to drop it.

“She then lunged at the deputies and was shot,” police said in the news release. The news release did not say how many shots were fired and by how many deputies.



Inside the apartment, deputies found a 38-year-old woman and a 15-year-old with stab wounds from an initial argument with Gainer, according to state police. Their injuries were called non-life threatening, and they were treated at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Two other juveniles were inside the apartment but were not injured.

Deputies immediately rendered aid to Gainer after the shooting, according to state police, before she was taken by ambulance to Reston Hospital, where she died.

The Office of the Medical Examiner in Manassas will conduct an autopsy.

No deputies were injured.

Once completed, the state police will turn over its investigation to the Loudoun County commonwealth’s attorney.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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