When a burglar entered the Reston home of Bruce Wiley around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning he couldn’t have picked a worse target.
Wiley is a retired Fairfax County police detective, who put in 28 years on the force. When he was awakened by a noise he grabbed a flashlight and a collapsible baton and went to investigate. He found an intruder, who was wearing a full black mask over his face and was in the process of stealing items from the home.
As county police report the incident, Wiley pointed the flashlight at the suspect and told him to get on the ground. The suspect did not comply. As he repeated his commands, Wiley closed in on the suspect, struck him once with the baton and took him to the ground. Meanwhile, Wiley’s wife called police.
Officers took the 17-year-old suspect from Reston into custody. He was later released to the custody of his parents. Officers say he’ll will be charged with burglary.
Since his retirement in 2010, Wiley has used his extensive job knowledge, training and experience to train other law enforcement officers in use-of-force situations.