GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A 42-year-old Goochland man died at VCU Medical Center after shooting himself and setting his own home on fire Monday night.
Around 9 p.m. on Dec. 9, Goochland Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a rural home at 1651 Fayette Road in Manakin-Sabot by the estranged wife of Michael S. Fuller. She said she and her three children, ages 11, 13 and 14, had arrived home to find Fuller waiting for them; he threatened them all with a handgun.
Mrs. Fuller managed to escape with one child, but the other two children remained in the house with Fuller. When deputies arrived on scene, they tried to reason with the suspect over the phone to no avail. The two remaining children broke out while Fuller was on the phone with police. Fuller fired a shot, but it is unknown whether it was aimed at his family.
Fuller then turned off the majority of the lights in the three-story home, refusing to answer his phone. Deputies surrounded the house and continued their attempts to communicate with the suspect.
Around 11 p.m., deputies observed flames coming from a downstairs room; Fuller had set the home on fire. Police kicked in the front door, removed a flaming couch from the home, and a K9 entered after Fuller failed to respond to repeated calls. When the dog entered an upstairs bedroom, Fuller shot himself with a .38-caliber handgun.
Goochland County Fire & Rescue extinguished the fire.
No one else was injured during the incident.
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