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October 12, 2017

Sheriff: Armed man no threat to public or school

The sheriff’s office provided this image from Google Earth to show where medic’s found the man with a gun around noon Thursday.
Around noon Thursday, Fauquier sheriff’s deputies apprehended an armed man, lying in a Bealeton ditch.

Medics had responded to a 11:51 a.m. a citizen’s call about the man, apparently not moving, in the 6100 block of Willow Place, sheriff’s Sgt. James Hartman said.

When he moved, the medics spotted the weapon and called for law enforcement, according to Sgt. Hartman.

The 49-year-old man “was no threat to anyone but himself,” the sergeant added.

Deputies took him to Fauquier Hospital for a mental evaluation.

The incident took place across Route 17 from Cedar Lee Middle School. The sheriff’s office notified school authorities of the incident “out of an abundance of caution,” Sgt. Hartman said.

The school system issued a press release at 1 p.m.

“He was never a threat to the public or the school,” Sgt. Hartman said. “You can’t see the campus from where he was found.”

The school system press release:

“On Oct. 12 just before noon the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an adult male lying in a ditch with a weapon in the 6100 block of Willow Place in Bealeton.

“Cedar Lee Middle School was notified of the incident as a precaution to implement safety procedures since this incident occurred on Marsh Rd across from the school campus. Deputies located this individual, and he was taken into custody and the weapon secured without incident.

“This matter is a MENTAL HEALTH issue and the individual is being evaluated. The incident was isolated to the Willow Place location, and there was no immediate threat to the Cedar Lee Middle School campus. The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office has not issued any public information or statements at this time.”
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David12 · October 16, 2017 at 3:21 am
It was Thursday not Friday he was found. I want to correct that. I wish the news would correct their news story to include all the facts on this story. What happened to investigative journalism.
David12 · October 16, 2017 at 3:12 am
It amazes me how ignorant people can be. If this man were 100 yards up the road with direct sight to the middle school in the same position he would be a threat to someone. Yet he is classified as not one in front of a building that a occupant has a protective order against him. Seeing these comments affirms the saying a man seems wise when his mouth is closed. One who opens his mouth reveals to all he is a fool.
David12 · October 15, 2017 at 10:47 am
The facts are this. There is a order of protection in place on Wednesday. Friday he is spotted up in the woods in a ditch with a direct sight to the entrance of the condo building. He had a ar15 loaded.
He passed out while drinking waiting for her to come and get her stuff. Tell me does that sound harmless?
Jim Griffin · October 15, 2017 at 9:21 am
Two very different stories in comments from David12 and Garcia Doores (Facebook). On the face of it, the latter hasn't a clue if the former is even half correct.
David12 · October 14, 2017 at 4:09 am
Why aren't we seeing attempted murder charges on this 49 year old man? There is clear motive and he was caught laying in wait in a snipers nest waiting to murder his girlfriend and 3 year old child and her parents.
There is sufficient evidence to charge him. Thank God for that neighbor who stopped what was most likely a murder suicide. It is beyond reason to say he was no harm to anyone. Time to put on the big boy pants C/A and charge this man and get this danger off our country streets.
David12 · October 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm
How is a man with a AR15 rifle that is next to a condo unit where his girlfriend and baby live who filed a protective order against not a threat? The person who reported him is a hero and should be commended.
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