Shooting Death in Springfield

Shooting Death in Springfield

Gray Alan Combs, Jr., 22, died after encounter with police.

Fairfax County police have released the name of the man who died after officers shot him on Saturday, May 19. Gray Alan Combs, Jr., 22, "of no fixed address" died after he was taken to a hospital, police said.

Police are currently investigating incidents surrounding the shooting that occurred inside an apartment in the 5700 block of Backlick Road.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday, officers were called to the Springfield apartment. While searching the apartment with a K9 team, police said they found Combs hiding in a bedroom. Police said Combs threatened them with a sword and failed to comply with their commands.

According to police reports, the officers fired both less-lethal bean bag rounds and lethal rounds, striking the suspect, who fell to the ground. Officers immediately rendered medical aid and performed CPR. The suspect was transported to the hospital and died a short time later.

One officer was placed on routine administrative leave in connection with the shooting.

Police said they were familiar with the suspect because they had encountered him on Friday night. The suspect had seven outstanding warrants: Three felony counts of producing child pornography, three felony counts of possessing or reproducing child pornography with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor warrant for consensual sexual intercourse with a minor. On Friday night the suspect allegedly gave officers false identification and escaped after a brief foot chase. As a result, two additional warrants were issued for resisting arrest and identity theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.