Police confirm suicide of Bristow gunman
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Jessica Leigh Wilson, 31, was shot to death in her Braemar home on Oct. 19.
The next morning, the body of her alleged assailant, 35-year-old Edward Everett Hale of Glen Burnie, Md., was found on the baseball field outside Wood Elementary.
The incident began at 6:25 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, when officers were called to the 12700 block of Lednock Way in Bristow for reports of a shooting.
When they got there, they found Wilson, who had been shot. She was transported to the hospital, where she died, the county's fourth murder of the year.
According to Officer Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for the Prince William police, Hale and Wilson had a relationship at one time.
“They had a domestic relationship. Yes, they were dating,” he said, adding that he didn't know whether they were still dating at the time of the murder, or whether they were estranged.
Police said the couple had a verbal altercation that escalated. According to police reports, Hale shot Wilson before fleeing in a vehicle.
Detectives obtained a warrant for Hale's arrest and the next morning, Oct. 20, officers were called to Wood Elementary School after staffers saw a vehicle that matched the description police had put out the day before.
The vehicle was unoccupied and parked in the school parking lot so both the elementary school and neighboring Patriot High School were secured and put on lockdown as a precaution.
Helicopters from Fairfax County Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as police K-9s and a bloodhound from Haymarket Police were used to search the school property and neighboring areas.
Shortly after 11 a.m., a helicopter spotted a man’s body on the baseball fields behind the elementary school.
Officers located and confirmed the body was that of Hale and that he appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Asked how far the investigation would go now that both the victim and suspect are dead, Perok said detectives will mostly just tie up loose ends.
“We obviously don't have a suspect to interview,” he said.