Fairfax Man Killed; Vienna Man Charged

Fairfax Man Killed; Vienna Man Charged


Fairfax County police have arrested Darren Cruz Colindres, 18, of Vienna, in connection with the fatal shooting of Javier Gomez, 20, of Fairfax. The tragedy occurred Saturday morning, March 25, in the Fairfax Village Apartments.

At 7:47 a.m., police were called to an apartment in the 10400 block of Viera Lane in Fairfax for a report of a man who’d been shot. Officers found Gomez in the living room suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body. They rendered aid until fire and rescue personnel arrived. Gomez was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Preliminarily, detectives learned that Gomez and Cruz Colindres knew each other and were reportedly both in that apartment, Friday night into Saturday morning. According to police, “A family member was asleep in a bedroom when they heard a gunshot. They came out to the living room, found Gomez lying on the floor and [allegedly] saw Cruz Colindres run from the apartment.” 

Within hours after the shooting, officers and detectives from the Fugitive Track and Apprehension Unit tracked Cruz Colindres to a home in McLean and took him into custody. He was charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He’s currently being held without bond in the Adult Detention Center and has a May 24 court date.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Meanwhile, detectives continue to conduct interviews, investigate, collect video surveillance and process evidence recovered from the scene. They’re trying to determine the circumstances leading up to the fatality. However, as of press time, a firearm had not been recovered. 

Anyone with information about this event is asked to call the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via Crime Solvers by phoning 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477).