The Fairfax police officers who fatally shot a man with a shotgun in Centreville after he refused orders to drop his weapon have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Ricardo Leon, the man shot, was a police officer himself. The 34-year-old man was a lieutenant with the Naval Observatory police, the force that patrols the grounds where the vice president lives.
On Aug. 30, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh told police that the officers involved in the shooting won't face charges.
Police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings says officers were called to a townhome in the 6100 block on Kendra Way for report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, the home was surrounded. Officers in the front saw a man in the garage with a gun. They ordered the man to drop his weapon, but he ignored them. He then pointed the gun at officers, who shot him.
Jennings says officers tried to resuscitate the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman, who was inside the home at the time of the incident, called 911 to report the disturbance. There's no word on her relationship to the suspect. A neighbor also called police.
A neighbor says Leon was yelling and tossing belongings out of windows.
“He was throwing everything. He busted a couple of windows, he threw a shotgun out there, threw a helmet out there,” Ashley Daniels said. Several windows on the second-floor of the home are busted out.
Daniels says she heard police tell the man to put his hands up. “They would wait for few minutes and then I heard the big shot,” she said.
Neighbors say they thought of Leon as an even-tempered, patriotic veteran who loved police work, his motorcycle and corvette.
“If it's one of their own and something like this happens, it's really, really sad,” said Debbie Landreth.
Leon had served in the U.S. Marine Corps and lived in the Centreville home with his wife. The investigation is ongoing.