James Bryant killed by police outside Fairfax County homeless shelter

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WJLA) - James Morris and his wife were outside the Fairfax County homeless shelter where his son, 28-year-old James Bryant, had been living.

On Wednesday night, Bryant was shot and killed during an altercation with police.

“Why did you have to shoot my son?” Morris says. “That's my firstborn.”

Linda Washington, a resident of the shelter, says she looked out the window of her room after hearing noises. She says she saw Bryant on the ground and a police officer on top of him.

“I didn't see no kind of weapon, he had no kind,” Washington says.

Police were called to the area last night following what witnesses describe as a fight at this 7-11 just a few hundred yards from the shelter.

Maria Carranza says she walked in the store as the incident was going on.

They were throwing bottles of soda and spraying them everywhere, she says. They pulled things off the shelves.

A few minutes later, the men reportedly left the store but the fight continued police say, outside the homeless shelter. That's when police arrived and they say they encountered Bryant.

Police say he assaulted one of the officers and during the altercation the officer pulled his gun and shot him.

Bryant died a short time later. On Thursday, his parents came to pick up their son’s belongings and try to figure out why police couldn't have found an alternative to shooting their son.