A man was shot and killed by an officer at a homeless shelter just a short distance from the Fort Belvoir military base Wednesday night.
ABC7 has learned it started with a police officer under attack and officials say another officer had no choice but to fire his gun.
Fairfax County police say officers were called to the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter around 6 p.m. for the report of a fight. About half an hour later, neighbors across the street say shots rang out.
Neighbors say multiple ambulances arrived and they witnessed several people being taken to the hospital.
Police say as officers tried to break up the fight, one person in the group turned on one of the officers. That person was shot and killed.
"One of those individuals turned and actually assaulted one of our officers," Ofc. Eddy Azcarate says. "In that altercation, an officer discharged his weapon and the individual that assaulted one of our officers has died."
Police are not yet identifying the man who died and have not said if he was a resident at the shelter.
Police say there are two investigations: what happened that led up to the shooting and the internal affairs investigation because it is an officer involved shooting.