Taft Sellers shooting was justified, Alexandria Police conclude

Sellers, 30, was a 2001 graduate of T.C. Williams High School and a Marine Corps veteran. Photo: Sellers family

(WJLA) - The police-involved shooting of an armed ex-Marine during a family dispute this past February was justified and reasonable after he pulled a gun on responding officers, an Alexandria Police internal investigation has concluded.

Taft Sellers, a 30-year-old Marine Corps veteran and Alexandria native, was shot by officers in February near his apartment on Duke Street. Investigators say he pointed a gun at officers who had responded to a domestic violence call.

Officers fired 37 shots at Sellers, hitting him five times, after an initial investigation revealed that Sellers defied orders to not draw his weapon.

The results of the police department's internal investigation are consistent with those reached by Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Sengel this past July.

Authorities had been called to Sellers' home on Duke Streat near Quaker Lane on Feb. 18 after getting a domestic violence call. Detectives later found out that he had been in an ongoing dispute with family members and had been an argument with his younger sister.

"The law clearly supports the conclusion that officers were entitled to use deadly force in response and fired in self defense," Sengel said in July.

Sellers, a 2001 graduate of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, served tours in Japan, France and Africa.

The officers involved in the February shooting have since returned to work.