Douglas Clayton Lewis dies after being served with child porn warrant

Photo: Rosie Lee Ellyson

MANASSAS, Va. (WJLA) - A man wanted on child pornography charges shot and killed himself behind his Manassas home early Thursday morning after pulling a gun on authorities who came to arrest him, authorities say.

Police have identified the man as 56-year-old Douglas Clayton Lewis of Covington Place in Manassas.

Prince William County Police assisted members of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and Homeland Security with the execution of a search and arrest, only to find the man trying to make a get away.

Agents approached Lewis in an alleyway between two townhomes when he pulled out his gun and pointed at them. One agent responded by shooting him in the hip, but Lewis still managed to run behind a nearby fence.

His body was soon found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and pronounced dead. There were no other reported injuries.

Heidi Lang, Lewis' next door neighbor, says he lived along and was a firearms instructor and gun collector.{ }

“He used to carry a gun all the time or carried it with him and if somebody broke into his house it wouldn’t surprise me at all that he would be armed,” Lang says.{ }

Neighbors describe Lewis as a lover of guns and computers. According to federal court documents, Customs and Homeland Security had been tracking his online activity and discovered he had been dealing internationally in child pornography.{ }

According to an indictment that was filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Wednesday, prosecutors alleged that Lewis had more than 300 pieces of child pornography on his computer.

Lewis admitted last October to authorities during the execution of a warrant then that he possessed the pornography, but no charges were filed.{ }

Rosie Lee Ellison says Lewis was fixing her laptop and it was confiscated in the raid. She said the computer had photos of her children on it and she never go the computer back.{ }

“There was nothing inappropriate of my kids on there,” she says. “He’s been avoiding me until recently about it and I went to ask him about it the other day and he quickly went into his house.”{ }

Detectives from the Prince William County Violent Crimes Bureau are investigating further.

Kayla Brandon contributed to this report.