Deputy Kills Man

Deputy Kills Man

A domestic dispute ended in the death of John Edward Howard, 47, of Ashburn, last Friday.

Deputies were called to the 43500 block of Graves Lane in Ashburn around 1:30 p.m. by the man's girlfriend, who had repaired to a nearby fire station, Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell said.

As deputies called for Howard to exit the house, a roommate came out and told them Howard had a firearm.

Deputies managed to reach Howard by telephone, Troxell said. Howard left the home shortly after 2:30 p.m. carrying a long firearm.

Despite being commanded to drop the weapon, Howard fired at least two rounds, Troxell said. After being ordered to drop the weapon a second time, Howard allegedly turned toward a deputy with his weapon.

Deputy Travis Westgate fired one shot in the victim's torso. He was pronounced dead at Loudoun Hospital Center a short time late.

The investigation into the case is still pending, Troxell said. Westgate, a seven-year veteran of law enforcement, has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the investigation's outcome.