Police: 2 sheriff’s deputies shot in Virginia responding to domestic incident

Police say both deputies suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and have been transported to the hospital. (Ryan Hughes/WJLA/ABC7)

STERLING, Va. (WJLA) — Two Loudoun County sheriff’s deputies were shot on Christmas Eve after responding to a domestic incident between a father and daughter.

Police say both deputies suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and have been transported to the hospital.

The incident took place in Sterling, Virginia, approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.

The suspect, a Virginia man, was arrested on Sunday night and has been charged with attempted murder. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as 39-year-old Douglas V. Johnson Jr. He is currently being held without bond.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. in the 46000 block of Hollow Mountain Place in Sterling after police received a call about a domestic incident involving a father and his 19-year-old daughter. Sheriff Mike Chapman said Sunday night that when the father went upstairs, deputies followed and tased him at which point he fired off several shots and hit the two deputies.

Police say the female deputy was shot in the leg and the male deputy was shot in the arm and both legs. Both deputies, neither of whom have been identified, are said to be fine, according to police.

Officials told ABC7's Ryan Hughes that deputies had been on scene for about an hour talking with the suspect before the shots were fired. A third deputy took the suspect into custody.

A mother and 16-year-old son were both in the house at the time of the incident.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details are provided.

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