K-9 unit sniffs out suspect

DUMFRIES — Officers from both Dumfries and Prince William County police departments scoured the woods in the area of Old Triangle Road on Thursday night and, with the help of the K-9 unit, tracked down and arrested the Dumfries man responsible for firing a gun in Woodbridge earlier that night, said Detective Mangan, a spokesman for county police.

Police arrested Brian Franklin Wood, 19, of 18575 Old Triangle Road, and charged him with carrying a loaded firearm in a public area, discharging a firearm in a public area and discharging a firearm into an occupied area, Mangan said.

Two men, 19 and 20 years old, got into an argument with Wood in the 2100 block of Wetherburn Court in Woodbridge when Wood fired a handgun into the air several times, Mangan said.

One of the shots struck a house, Mangan said.

A witness in the area saw the men arguing and flagged a passing officer. The gunman caught a cab and left before the officer arrived, Mangan said.

Officers went to Wood’:s house on Old Triangle Road and set up surveillance. When a Dumfries police officer spotted him near his house, Wood ran into some nearby woods. Mangan said.

Police set the dogs on the suspect’:s trail and soon found him in the woods.

“The dog went in and [Wood] got chewed on a little,” Mangan said.

“I don’:t think [the incident is] gang related. It was just people out having an argument,” he said.

Wood also is wanted on outstanding warrants for contempt of court, failure to appear and obstruction of justice. Woods was being held in lieu of bond, Mangan said.

Staff writers Keith Walker and Adam H. Beasley can be reached at (703) 878-8063.

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