Hostage taker killed in Herndon stand-off (UPDATED)

(UPDATED TUESDAY, 6:00 p.m.)

Fairfax County detectives have pieced together what sparked a hostage taking and standoff Monday afternoon in Herndon that ended with the death of the hostage taker.

Police say it all began when Mohammad Azim Doudzai, 32, of 13316 Covered Wagon Lane got into an argument with his girlfriend, a 28-year-old woman, at his home yesterday.  The girlfriend called two of Doudzai’s brothers and they came over to talk to him. The argument escalated when he pulled a gun and shot the two brothers, ages 37 and 23.

The girlfriend and two brothers fled the home, drove to the hospital and called police. Officers who went to the home say Doudzai set several fires and there were multiple reports of what sounded like gunfire.

As the officers attempted negotiations with the suspect, they discovered there was a 29-year-old roommate was trapped inside the home. When the incident escalated, he hid in a room upstairs and called 911 to report he could not escape. Following the response of the Special Operations Division (SOD), officers made the decision to approach the home out of concern for the hostage, neighbors and suspect. Smoke had filled the home and was billowing out the windows. When a team of officers approached the door, the suspect came out with at least one knife in hand and was shot. Members of SOD quickly entered the home and rescued the hostage.

The officer who deployed lethal force is a 16-year veteran of the police department, currently assigned to the Special Operations Division. The officer has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.



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