One Loudoun Shooting Suspect in Custody

The suspect in Friday night’s shooting in a One Loudoun parking lot surrendered to authorities Saturday afternoon.

John H. Abel, 48, of Catlett, is charged with domestic assault, brandishing a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm and discharging a firearm in a public place.

The charges stem from an apparent domestic altercation that happened last night just after 9 p.m. in a parking lot near the Alamo movie theater in Ashburn.

Loudoun deputies responded to reports that a man had discharged several gunshots into the air during an altercation with a woman. He threatened to harm himself, but she was able to wrestled the gun away from him. The suspect then fled the area on foot, leading to a large-scale search of the area, with help from the State Police and the Fairfax County Police helicopter.

Abel was held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center, pending possible release on a secured bond.

A preliminary hearing in Loudoun District Court is scheduled for April 26.

According to Loudoun  court records, Abel was convicted of previous firearms charge in 2008. He was convicted with reckless handling of a firearm and trespassing to hunt following a Dec. 22, 2007, incident.

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