Ashburn Man Faces Felony Charge After Striking Deputy

A drunk-in-public suspect faces felony charges after attacking the deputy who attempted to arrest him early Sunday morning.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the deputy observed the Ashburn man in the middle of Dry Mill Road west of Leesburg at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sept. 23. As the deputy was preparing to arrest the man, the suspect charged, knocked the deputy to the ground and struck him. The suspect, Shawn C. Hitteman, 43, then fled into the woods.

The deputy chased Hitteman and called for help, with other deputies, the Virginia State Police and the Fairfax County Police Department helicopter joining the search. A Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit tracked the suspect to a shed. He was found inside hiding under a cardboard box.

Both the suspect and the deputy were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries resulting from the altercation. The suspect remained hospitalized on Monday.

Hittemanis charged with felonious assault on law enforcement, resisting arrest, attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, trespassing, possession of marijuana and public intoxication are pending. He also facing outstanding warrants in Fairfax County.

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