Sunday, February 23, 2014
Gray Alan Combs Jr. was shot to death after he threatened Fairfax County police with a sword last month.
Willis E. Coley, 27, of Alexandria, hanged himself in August.
George N. Kiriacon, 50, committed suicide in a truck in New Carrollton.
The common thread among these three men is that all had been charged with child sex crimes shortly before their violent and/or self-destructive actions.
The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service have documented a disturbing trend in which those confronted with charges of child abuse react by attacking others or harming themselves.
Law enforcement authorities say they are seeing more incidents as police have increased efforts to apprehend those who produce, distribute and view child porn. Over the past 20 years, federal child sex pornography cases have increased 330 percent -- from 481 in 1999 to 2,069 in 2009.
Ronald Hosko, special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office's Criminal Division, said he noticed the phenomenon in 2008, as an inspector for the FBI's Inspection Division, where he reviewed deadly shooting incidents around the country. Subjects pulled a weapon as FBI agents knocked on their doors to ask questions or execute a search warrant, putting the lives of themselves, family members and the agents in danger.
"It's a life-changing event," Hosko said. "At that moment, their world is collapsed around them. And they think the only way out is at the point of a gun."