Sheriff: Shots Fired at One Loudoun, Suspect At Large

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Fauquier man they say discharged a firearm during a domestic altercation in One Loudoun and fled the scene.

John H. Abel, 48, of Catlett, VA is wanted on charges of domestic assault, brandishing a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and discharging a firearm in a public place. He is described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 6’2” tall, 225 pounds, and was wearing a tan jacket, work boots and jeans.

Abel was last seen running on foot shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, March 16, after an apparent domestic altercation in a parking lot near the Alamo Drafthouse at One Loudoun in Ashburn. He threatened to harm himself before firing shots into the air. The woman wrestled the gun from him, and he fled the area on foot.

The sheriff’s office has said all indications are that he was trying to harm himself. The firearm was recovered at the scene and no injuries were reported.

Earlier in the evening, postings on Facebook indicated diners nearby were not being allowed to leave restaurants. At this time, there is a heavy police presence in the town center, but the situation in One Loudoun is otherwise normal.

Anyone with any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.

Residents are encouraged to avoid the area as law enforcement is searching the area for the suspect.

There is a heavy police presence in One Loudoun as law enforcement searches for a suspect said to have fired shots into the air. (Norman K. Styer/Loudoun Now)

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