Hearing Set for Father Charged with Shooting Loudoun Deputies

The Sterling man charged with shooting two Loudoun deputies on Christmas Eve faces a sentence of 20 years to life in prison if he is convicted of attempted capital murder.

Douglas V. Johnson remains in custody. In Loudoun County District Court today a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 7.  At that time, prosecutors will present some evidence in the case and a judge will rule whether there is probable cause to send the case to a grand jury for review. Following an indictment, the case would move to Circuit Court for trial.

He is charged with two counts of attempted capital murder, a Class 2 felony that carries a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Johnson is accused of shooting two deputies as they were about to take him into custody following an hour-long effort to resolve a domestic dispute between him and his 19-year-old daughter at their Sterling home.

One deputy was shot in his arms and one leg and another was shot in her leg. Both remained hospitalized Tuesday, but were expected to recover without the need for surgery.

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