Police officers in Fairfax County say a man from Springfield, Virginia, assaulted his wife with a hatchet and then killed himself with a chainsaw in a gruesome domestic dispute on Wednesday.
According to Fairfax County police, a family member arrived at the home, but could not open the front door. The female relative pushed the door in and saw the 70-year-old man attacking his 76-year-old wife with the blunt side of a hatchet in the foyer of the house.
“The family member was able to rescue the victim, bring her outside,” said Fairfax County Police Officer Reem Awad. “At which point, the male suspect did follow outside and a struggle ensued over that ax. 911 was called at that point and we responded.”
When officers arrived, they set up a perimeter around the house after the man went inside alone and shut the door.
“One officer was able to see inside the garage where the suspect was located on the floor,” said Awad. “He appeared to have life-threatening injuries to the upper body. He has since died from those injuries. They appear to be caused by a chainsaw.”
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