A man has died after being accidentally shot in Virginia, police said
Investigators allege that 25-year-old Alexander Roy was trying to dry the gun when he shot and killed another off-duty US Park Police officer.
MCLEAN, Va. — A U.S. Park Police officer is facing charges after he accidentally shot another officer, killing them early Sunday morning, police said.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department, officers were called to the 1700 block of Old Meadow Road shortly before 12:30 a.m. The person calling for help reported that a man was accidentally shot inside one of the apartments.
When officers arrived, they found 22-year-old Jesse Brown Hernandez dead.
Investigators allege that 25-year-old Alexander Roy was trying to drain fire from the weapon when Hernandez was killed.
“Dry firing occurs when one simulates firing a firearm by pressing the trigger of an unloaded firearm,” Fairfax Police explained in a news release.
FCPD says Roy mistakenly believed the gun was unloaded and fired it, wounding Hernandez.
It is believed alcohol was a factor in the fatal shooting.
Four people were inside the apartment when Hernandez was killed, and they all knew each other. Three of the four people inside were off-duty US Park Police officers, including Hernandez and Roy.
After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Roy was charged with manslaughter. He is currently being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Christopher Dean lives in the apartment building where the shooting occurred.
“When I saw the number of Fairfax County police here, it was a little alarming,” Dean said. “If they can’t get proper gun safety then what does that say to anyone else?”
In a statement sent to WUSA9, US Park Police said the agency is aware of the incident involving USPP employees at a private home in Fairfax County.
“Our focus now is to support the family, friends and co-workers of our employees involved in this tragic accident.”
Anyone with information can contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted through Fairfax County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477) or by texting Text “FCCS” plus tip to 847411.
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