Military Couple Shot to Death ‘in Cold Blood’ Outside Their Home in Virginia

Both of the McDaniels were physicians with the US Army, cops said during a press conference

A colonel in the U.S. Army and his veteran wife were shot to death outside their home in Virginia on Wednesday morning and police are still working to identify possible suspects.

Edward McDaniel Jr., 55, and his wife Brenda McDaniel, 63, were gunned down outside of their home on the 8000 block of Flint Street in Springfield, officials with the Fairfax County Police Department said.

Kevin Davis, the department’s chief of police, said in a press conference on Wednesday night: ‘They were shot and killed in cold blood in their own front yard.’

Dispatchers received a 911 call reporting someone breaking into the home around 9.20am and officers arrived within two minutes after the call was placed, Davis said.

An aerial view shows the police response outside of the home where the McDaniels were shot
Cops said that the couple was shot at a ‘point-blank’ range and indicated that the potential suspect, or suspects, are known to a relative of the two victims
Officials said officers had responded to the same home on Monday for a dispute and potential burglary and that he believes the two incidents are related

‘When they arrived, they did locate two people shot in their front yard. Officers heroically gave first aid to those that were shot in the front yard,’ he said.

Both of them were declared dead at the scene by rescue personnel from multiple gunshot wounds. Cops said that at least one other family member was inside the home at the time of the shooting.

Davis told WTTG that the couple was shot at a ‘point-blank’ range and indicated that the potential suspect, or suspects, are known to a relative of the two victims.

Ed O’Carroll, commander of the department’s major crimes bureau, indicated during the press conference that cops do not know how many suspects may have been involved in the shooting.

‘The person responsible, or the persons responsible, for today’s double homicide are not in custody and we need the community’s help,’ O’Carroll said.

He added that the cops have not retrieved the firearm ‘or firearms’ used in the shooting and that the suspect, or suspects, ‘should be considered armed and dangerous.’

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam Schrader