Police blotter: Man surrenders after firing shots inside apartment

A scary incident Saturday morning ended without injuries after a man claiming to be under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug allegedly started firing a handgun inside an apartment near Lockheed Boulevard, according to Monday’s Fairfax County Police blotter.

Harris mugshot


Charles Harris, 53, surrendered to a patrol officer around 12:10 p.m., more than an hour after police were initially called to the apartment in the 7000 block of Groveton Gardens Road (see map). Harris allegedly fired three rounds during the episode, which prompted a heavy police response that included the Fairfax1 helicopter, SWAT units and a negotiator.

In the end, Harris came out of the apartment on his own, telling officers afterward that he had a bad reaction to an illegal drug, according to the police.

All of the rounds fired during the incident were recovered inside the apartment, police said. Harris faces charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and reckless discharge.

Other incidents reported in the Mount Vernon police district in Monday’s blotter:

Unlawful Entry/Destruction of Property: A homeowner in the 3800 block of Segundo Place (see map) was notified by his realtor that his home was vandalized some time between August 28 and Sept. 7. The home was found to have graffiti and other damage throughout the residence.

Larceny: 2500 block of Huntington Avenue, bicycle from residence
Larceny: 7700 block of Richmond Highway, shoes from business
Larceny: 7700 block of Richmond Highway, tools from business
Larceny: 7900 block of Richmond Highway, wallet from location
Larceny: 8600 block of Richmond Highway, merchandise from business