Dogs on the run lead to Hybla Valley shooting

A complaint about two dogs running loose ended with a man being shot near a Fairfax County community center Thursday afternoon.

The incident began around 1:15 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center on Fordson Road in Hybla Valley. According to police, a security guard at the center approached a man about two dogs that were off their leashes near a ball field outside the center. The situation escalated as the men and the dogs moved from the ball field closer to the community center. There, according to detectives, the man with the dogs pulled a knife and was shot by the security officer.

The man then drove off but the security guard was able to get his license plate number. A search by Fairfax County police found the car about a mile away in the 2800 block of Joseph Makell Court. Its driver was found lying on the ground outside a house. He was taken to the hospital where, according to police, he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach. The security guard was not hurt.

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