A Sterling man has been charged with two counts of attempted capital murder after allegedly shooting two Loudoun County deputies after they responded to a domestic argument on Christmas Eve.
The shooting happened shortly after 5 p.m. at a home on Hollow Mountain Place, off Augusta Drive near Dominion High School.
According to Sheriff Mike Chapman, deputies had responded to a domestic-related incident and had been on the scene for about an hour before the shooting occurred.
Chapman said the deputies were trying to deescalate an argument between a 19-year-old woman and her father. Other family members also were in the house.
Speaking to reporters outside the home Saturday night, Chapman said investigators were still sorting through the details of the incident. Three deputies were with the suspect, Douglas V. Johnson Jr., 39, when the shooting occurred.
“The father had gone upstairs. The deputies went up after him, afraid that he might have weapons in the house,” Chapman said. “Apparently, they encountered some by the closet.”
“From what we can gather—again, this is preliminary information—he reached for a gun. Almost simultaneously he was tased. As he was being apprehended, he managed to get several shots off,” Chapman said.
Johnson shot two deputies before the three were able to jump on and subdue him.
A male deputy was shot in an arm and both legs and a female deputy in the arm. They were transported to Reston Hospital Center and were listed in stable condition on Tuesday.
Chapman visited the deputies at the hospital shortly after the shooting and that the prognosis was good. “It’s a very difficult way to spend Christmas Eve, but they are doing very well all things considered.”
Chapman said the argument between Johnson and his daughter began the previous day and escalated on Saturday. Deputies were called to the home just before 4 p.m. and talked with the family members for about an hour before the shooting occurred. “Our deputies did everything possible to try to bring the situation down and deescalate and bring the situation under control,” Chapman said.
As it became evident that the situation would not be brought under control without taking Johnson into custody, it was then that “things got ugly upstairs.”
“I’m just grateful that, all things being considered, it turned out as good as it has. It certainly could have been a lot worse,” Chapman said.
Johnson was held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, pending arraignment in Loudoun County District Court.