Police identify man shot in altercation with officers

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UPDATE (11/2)

Fairfax County Policed have identified the man who died after being shot in a scuffle with police as James Bryant, 28, of no fixed address.

Detectives say that Bryant, a resident at the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter, began assaulting other residents at the shelter. The police were called and two officers arrived. They encountered Bryant who assaulted an officer and wrestled away his baton. During the altercation, Bryant assaulted the second officer with the baton, police said.

Officers said they employed multiple levels of non-deadly force to try to end the assault. These attempts to control Bryant failed to stop his violent actions. The victim officer, previously struck by the baton, discharged his service weapon to stop an additional assault by Bryant. The officers then rendered aid until medical personnel arrived.

The officer struck by the baton was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He is 35 years old and an 11-year-veteran of the department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division in the Mount Vernon Police District. Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave.

There were at least four other victims from the original fight at the shelter. Three of these victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The other victims did not require transportation.

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A man police say had been assaulting others was shot and killed by police who responded to the incident yesterday (Wednesday).

Officers were called to 9155 Richmond Highway around 5:59 p.m. for a fight. Officers arriving on the scene said they found that several individuals had been assaulted and injured by a male subject.

Police said that the assailant began fighting with one of the responding officers. During the scuffle, one of the officers discharged his weapon, striking the assailant, who died at a local hospital.

Others allegedly assaulted by the man were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The identities of those involved has not yet been released and police say the case is under active investigation by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Internal Affairs.

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