Fairfax Police Killer Escaped Mental Patient
Michael Kennedy, the 18-year-old who killed a Fairfax County, Virginia detective and wounded two others yesterday, is was an escaped mental patient.
Kennedy escaped from a psychiatric facility in Rockville on April 18, then carjacked a Toyota 4-Runner, Montgomery County Court records show. Later that evening, Kennedy turned himself in to the Sully District police station, Maj. Bob Callahan, commander of the Fairfax police criminal investigations bureau, said at this morning’s news conference.
Two officers were wounded, one critically, during several exchanges of gunfire with Kennedy. Kennedy was killed in the shootout, but Callahan said an autopsy will be performed to see if he was shot by an officer or killed himself. Officials have not released the names of the injured officers.
This is especially disturbing since, after the carjacking, he turned himself in and was released on bail within 24 hours. Wouldn’t a records check to ensure there were no outstanding warrants and that he wasn’t escaped from the funny farm be standard operating procedure?!