Fairfax County police on Monday identified a suspected child pornographer who was shot and killed by officers late Saturday.
According to police, Gray Alan Combs Jr., 22, was wanted on nine outstanding warrants including three counts of producing child pornography, three counts of possessing or reproducing child pornography with the intent to distribute and a warrant for sexual intercourse with a minor.
Police said on Friday night Combs was approached by police and allegedly gave officers false identification.
“I don’t know all the details, but during that encounter as the officers were discovering who he was, he took off on foot,” said police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick. “There was a brief foot pursuit, and they lost him.”
As a result, Combs was issued two additional warrants, one for resisting arrest and one for identity theft, bringing the total to nine.
Police said they received a tip the following evening shortly after 11 p.m., which led them to discover Combs inside an apartment in the 5700 block of Backlick Road in north Springfield. Police did not disclose the apartment’s inhabitants, but did say it was not Combs’ apartment. Police said that to their knowledge Combs did not have a fixed address.
While searching the residence, police said patrol officers and a K-9 team encountered Combs, who allegedly threatened them with a sword and failed to comply with their commands.
Police said officers fired both bean-bag projectiles and real bullets at Combs, striking him, and causing him to collapse to the ground.
According to Broderick, it is unknown if the less-lethal bean-bag projectiles were fired at Combs before officers fired live ammunition.
“That is all part of the investigation,” she said. “I can tell you that both were fired, but the order in which they were fired are details of an ongoing investigation.”
Police said once it was apparent that Combs was down, officers immediately rendered medical aid and performed CPR. Combs was transported to a local hospital, where he died a short time later.
Broderick said the investigation is ongoing and that one officer has been placed on routine administrative leave.
As per policy, Fairfax County police do not release the names of officers involved in shootings.