Springfield man charged in homicide of two teenagers

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Zachary Buckard

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate after two teenagers were killed in a shooting April 25 in the 8000 block of Winding Way Court in Springfield. 

Officers responded for the report of a shooting around 3:18 p.m. They found one juvenile victim inside the garage suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. Despite lifesaving measures by officers, the victim was pronounced deceased by rescue personnel. A second juvenile victim was found in front of a home nearby suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was taken to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

An investigation revealed there was a previous argument through social media between the involved parties. As a result, four teenagers went to the home to talk to someone who lived there and investigators were told a fight broke out. During the fight, Zachary Burkard, 18, of Springfield, emerged from inside the home and shot two of the juveniles who arrived at the home. Burkard remained at the scene and was taken into custody by officers. A firearm was recovered at the scene.  

Burkard was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted the autopsies April 26. 

Per Virginia Code 19.2-11.2, FCPD is prohibited from providing information about juvenile victims unless parental consent is provided. This law prohibits Virginia law enforcement agencies from directly or indirectly identifying deceased juvenile victims of a crime. 

Victim specialists from the Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure the families are receiving appropriate resources and assistance.    

This is an active investigation and detectives are continuing to examine evidence and interview witnesses to determine what led to the man’s death. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).

These deaths are being investigated as the 5th and 6th homicides year to date in Fairfax County.

Improperly discarded smoking materials cause Rose Hill house fire

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Crews work to put out a fire in Rose Hill.

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4500 block of Apple Tree Drive in the Rose Hill section of Fairfax County April 24 at approximately 9:02 p.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a one-story, single family home with fire visible from the rear of the house. They worked rapidly to extinguish the fire. There were no reported civilian or firefighter injuries.

Three occupants were home at the time of the fire. One occupant smelled smoke and, upon investigation, discovered fire in the workshop. All occupant’s self-evacuated, along with three dogs, and called 9-1-1. Working smoke alarms did sound after the fire was discovered.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the workshop behind the garage. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.

Three occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was offered and declined. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $30,000.

Maryland man and juvenile charged after possessing concealed guns

A man saw his stolen dirt bike that was listed for sale online and arranged a meeting with two men under the guise of purchasing the dirt bike. Officers arrived at the purchase in the 7800 block of Loisdale Road April 16 at 5 p.m. 

The men ran away but were caught nearby. Zion Philbert, 20, of Maryland, and a juvenile were both in possession of concealed guns. Philbert was charged with possession of a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. Charges are pending for the juvenile. 

 

N.J. man arrested in Fairfax County after pursuit

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Daniel Speare

An officer attempted to stop a stolen 2019 Ford Fusion in the 6800 block of Cherry Lane April 20 at 3:41 a.m. The driver refused, which resulted in a brief pursuit. 

The driver stopped and attempted to run but was caught nearby. Daniel Speare, 39, of New Jersey, was charged with grand larceny, reckless driving and speed to elude.

Woman dies following pedestrian crash in Annandale

A 77-year-old woman has died following a crash that occurred April 26 at 10 p.m. near the intersection of Little River Turnpike and Backlick Road. 

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department Crash Reconstruction Unit have preliminarily determined that Choon Yoo, of Annandale, was crossing Little River Turnpike from north to south outside of the crosswalk. The driver of a 2011 Toyota Corolla was traveling east on Little River Turnpike and struck Yoo. The driver remained at the scene of the crash. Yoo was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Preliminarily, speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash. The investigation remains active.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact our Crash Reconstruction Unit at 703-280-0543. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone -1-866-411-TIPS. 

This is the 4th pedestrian fatality in the county to date in 2021.

Improperly discarded smoking materials cause building fire in Vienna

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Damage to a Vienna building after smoking materials were improperly discarded.

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department, were dispatched for a building fire in the 100 block of Church Street, NE in the Town of Vienna April 22 at approximately 11 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a one-story, strip shopping center to find fire in the basement. Fire was rapidly extinguished. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

There were approximately 15 occupants in the building at the time of the fire. The fire was discovered by the owner of one business when he observed smoke coming from his office in the basement. The owner called 9-1-1 and assisted with evacuating the occupants from the building. Smoke alarms sounded but after the fire was discovered.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in an office in the basement. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials.

No one was displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $18,750.

Flammable solvent vapors ignite fire in Fairfax house

Units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Fairfax Fire Department, were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4400 block of Gilbertson Road in the Fairfax area of Fairfax County April 21 at approximately 10:31 a.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a two-story, single family home with fire in the basement. They quickly extinguished the fire. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Six contractors were in the basement at the time of the fire. When the fire started, all the contractors self-evacuated and called 9-1-1. Smoke alarms sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started in the basement. The cause of fire was the ignition of the vapors created by flammable solvent, used to remove the mastic glue for the asbestos floor tiles. The fire spread to the plastic sheathing along the walls.

No occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not required as the house was under renovation. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $25,000.

  

Springfield house fire caused by improper disposal smoking materials

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Damage from the fire.

Units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 7200 block of Galgate Drive in the Springfield area of Fairfax County April 20 at approximately 9:11 p.m.

Crews arrived on the scene of a one-story, single-family home with smoke visible from the rear of the home. They located a fire predominately involving the deck and patio area. The fire was quickly extinguished. There were no firefighter injuries reported. One occupant was transported to hospital for a checkup.

Two occupants were home at the time of the fire. Both occupants observed a red glow outside of the basement window. Upon further investigation, the fire was discovered on the exterior of the house. One occupant called 9-1-1 while another occupant attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. Both occupants self-evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department. Smoke alarms were present and sounded after the fire was discovered.

Fire investigators determined that the fire was accidental in nature and started on the ground level deck, on the exterior of the house. The fire was caused by the careless and improper disposal of smoking materials.

Two occupants were displaced because of the fire. Red Cross assistance was not needed. Damages as a result of the fire were approximately $25,000.

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