Police: 76-year-old Fairfax Co. man arrested for murder of Virginia CVS Pharmacy manager
WARRENTON, Va. (ABC7) —
The shooting death of Warrenton CVS store manager Rex Olsen sent shock waves throughout the community.
“It’s horrific,” says resident Amy Levine. “It was a shock because Warrenton’s just a really nice, small town, and it just doesn’t happen here.”
Olsen, 64, was found shot to death outside the Blackwell Road store the night of July 26.
It was the first homicide in the historical Fauquier County community in eight years.
“He was a cool person,” says Paris White, a neighbor who’s known Olsen for two decades. “I just heard he was found dead by the dumpster, that was crazy right there.”
Authorities say Warrenton Police, Fauquier County deputies, Virginia State Police and the US Marshals Service all worked to solve the case.
“The investigation was intense and fast moving,” Fauquier County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Fisher noted in a written statement. “There is still much work to be done in terms of follow up investigation.”
Early Wednesday, police announced they had a suspect.
Bernard Duse, 76, of the Alexandria section of Fairfax County is now in jail, facing charges that include 1st degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of murder.
“Sad it happened, happy they made an arrest,” says Chris Riley, a regular customer at the CVS. “Seems pretty terrible, seems like a really nice guy.”
Authorities say they arrested Duse around 4:30 Wednesday morning.
Investigators aren’t revealing how they determined that Duse was a suspect, and are not commenting on a motive.
Police do say Olsen was Duse’s supervisor at the store.
CVS Pharmacy spokesperson Mike DeAngelis told the Fauquier Times Newspaper that counseling would be available for employees.
“All of us at CVS Pharmacy continue to mourn the death of our colleague, Rex Olsen, and it is upsetting that another colleague, Bernard Duse, was arrested,” he told the Times. “We deeply appreciate the efforts made by law enforcement to quickly investigate this matter.”
“It's horrifying to think that somebody that you know, somebody you work with, that you have a relationship with, can do that,” Levine says. “It just renders people speechless.”
Customers and neighbors say Olsen, who had managed the store since 2008, was an upbeat, cheerful man, always with a smile.
White remembers the 64-year-old would come over in the winter and plow his driveway.
That cheerfulness extended to summer days as well.
“He’d always wave at us and always come over to say hi when he was mowing his grass,” White says.
Olsen’s family is asking for privacy.
Signs posted at their rural home requested that journalists stay away.
Duse could face his first court appearance as early as Thursday.
At that point, more details about what led to the shooting should be revealed.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” White says. “I hope (Olsen) gets justice.”
“Just praying for the victim, and the victim’s family,” Levine adds. “It’s just really hard to fathom, losing somebody, just not knowing. When it hits so close to home, it’s really challenging.”