|The house appears to be extensively damaged.|
Students reported hearing what sounded like three bombs going off in the area. In an email to parents, Falls Church Principal Michael Yohe wrote, “Dismissal will proceed at its regular time today but the police presence on Kenney Drive may force some buses to be rerouted and students who walk in that direction may not be able to gain access to the neighborhood.”
The incident started just before 10 a.m. when deputies from the Fairfax County Sheriffs Office arrived at the house to serve an eviction, said PFC Bud Walker, spokesperson for the Fairfax County Police Department.
“While there, the deputies saw or heard something suspicious that caused them to request assistance from the Police Department,” Walker said. “Once police officers arrived, we secured the area around the house and began negotiating with the subject inside. This evening, the subject apparently set fire to something inside the residence and police responded by deploying tear gas, whereupon the man surrendered.” No one was hurt during the incident, he said.
A 44-year-old adult male was taken into custody under a mental detention order at about 9:20 p.m. Charges are pending while further investigations are conducted. The Fairfax County Fire Department contained the fire and assisted the police department throughout the incident.
According to Walker, no one else was in the house during the standoff. He does not know why the suspect was being evicted or whether he had been arrested before.
None of the neighbors spotted near the house Thursday morning said they knew the man who lived there. One neighbor said he lived alone, while someone else thought he had a couple of roommates.
The police are not identifying the suspect. According to an internet search, David Ashley, 44, owner of D.A. Ashley Construction Inc., is listed as a resident of 3246 Kenney Drive.