Suicidal Man Shot By Police

November 1, 2007

A man who called a crisis center saying he was suicidal was shot and killed by police in northern Virginia after pointing a gun at them.

Police say 71-year-old Edward G. Connor called a crisis center saying he would kill himself, and the center called Fairfax County police at 4:35 Wednesday morning. Police went to Connor's home on Natick Road in Burke, but as they arrived, he got into his car and drove away.

Police followed him to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale and talked to him there for about 15 minutes. But police say that during the negotiation process, Connor pointed a gun at police. A neighbor reported hearing police repeatedly order Connor to drop his weapon.

Police say that an officer fired one shot that struck Connor. He died at Inova Fairfax Hospital. A police spokesman could not discuss Connor's mental state or history because of privacy restrictions.

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