2 dead after shooting, stabbing inside Fairfax County home: police
HERNDON, Va. - The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating a double homicide in a Herndon home Friday morning.
At a press conference, Police Chief Kevin Davis said a 911 call came in just before 8:00 a.m. from a home in the 13200 block of Stable Brook Way, but the caller hung up.
A second 911 call came in 13 minutes later; both the homeowner and the family's au pair were on the line.
According to Davis, the calls were both placed from a cellphone. During the second call, police said that two people reported a shooting inside the house.
A woman believed to be the au pair first stated her friend was hurt, before the man, who was husband of the household, got on the line and stated he shot an unknown man who entered his home and stabbed his wife.
Police said, once at the scene, officers found a woman suffering from stab wounds in an upstairs bedroom of the home, and a man suffering from gunshot wounds nearby the woman.
The man died at the scene and the woman was pronounced dead a short time later.
The woman, according to police, was the husband's wife, while the man who died was a non-resident of the home, identified as Joseph Nathan Ryan, 39.
Police identified the woman as Christine Banfield, 37, of Herndon.
Davis said a 4-year-old girl was also in the home when they arrived. The child is now safe with police, Davis said.
The husband refused to speak with Fairfax County Police, according to Davis. He added that the au pair is currently cooperating with investigators.
"We know what our 911 caller, the husband, told us but we have a lot of work to do to substantiate that claim or to otherwise identify the person responsible for that crime," Chief Davis said.
Police did not indicate why Ryan was inside the home during the incident but added there were no signs of forced entry in the home.
"We are characterizing the husband and the au pair for now as present and involved," Davis said.
An investigation continues into what led up to the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 703-246-7800.
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