O∞cer cleared in man’s fatal shooting
Fairfax County prosecutors have cleared a police officer of any criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Herndon man during a chaotic hostage situation in January.
Master Police Officer Lance Guckenberger, a 16-year veteran with the Fairfax County police, shot and killed Mohammad Azim Doudzai after he allegedly lunged at officers with a knife following a standoff at his home on Jan. 16.
Police said Doudzai shot two people inside the home and was holding a roommate hostage. Police said officers moved in because Doudzai had set fire to the home and the hostage had complained of not being able to breathe because of smoke.
Guckenberger filed a lawsuit in early February, claiming that the imminent release of his name by police could put him at risk. Guckenberger cited threats other officers across the country had received after police-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents.
Guckenberger ultimately decided not to pursue legal action, and his name was released after it was determined there was no credible threat to his safety.