SWAT officer shoots, kills dog while serving warrant to recover stolen police equipment in Fairfax County

Authorities say a SWAT officer shot and killed a dog while serving a warrant to recover stolen police equipment in Fairfax County.

Fair Oaks District officers responded to a larceny from a vehicle call in the early morning hours on July 28 in the 13900 block of Mansarde Ave. in Herndon.

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The unmarked police vehicle was assigned to a civilian investigator from the Prince William County Police Department. A ballistic vest, a gas mask and a set of keys were stolen from inside the vehicle.

Detectives learned Derrell Williams, 18, of Herndon was in possession of the stolen items. A search warrant was executed on Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of Powells Tavern Place in Herndon.

Derrell Williams (PHOTO: Prince William County Police)

Williams was arrested and the stolen property was recovered along with an AK47-style rifle. He was charged with felon in possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. He was held on no bond.

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The circumstances leading up to the discharge of the firearm and the death of the dog are being investigated. Police say they will provide additional information when it becomes available.