VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach police chief said a man who barricaded himself inside a home Friday afternoon was found dead after a fire broke out inside the residence.
A large number of police officers responded to a residential area off Princess Anne Road near Landstown High School after a stabbing incident Friday afternoon.
Virginia Beach police said in a tweet a suspect was barricaded in the 1900 block of Big Boulder Drive. Dispatchers said police were called to the area for a possible stabbing just after 2 p.m.
In an updated tweet, VBPD said the stabbing victim, an adult male, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
In a live interview with WAVY News 10’s Brett Hall at 4:30 p.m., police Chief Paul Neudigate said a Virginia state trooper was driving in the area Friday when he saw a bystander who was giving first aid to the man who had been stabbed.
As the trooper approached, the suspect fled to his residence and barricaded himself inside.
Neudigate said it was believed to be a domestic-related stabbing.
The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital and was believed to be in stable condition. Their injuries were considered serious. Witnesses told WAVY’s Brett Hall they believed the man was stabbed by his son.
The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Justin Pahuyo, then barricaded himself in a residence nearby after the stabbing, Neudigate said.
While the SWAT team was on scene trying to communicate with Pahuyo, a fire was set inside the home. Authorities saw smoke coming from one room of the home.
Virginia Beach fire crews were able to break windows and put the fire out from outside the home.
SWAT officers ended up making entry into the residence and found Pahuyo dead inside. Police believe Pahuyo was the suspect in the stabbing.
The cause of death is unknown and will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner.
Neudigate called the situation “quite tragic.”
The incident remains under investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department Homicide Unit.
BELOW: Viewer video from Griffin Howell shows police officers on the scene of the barricade situation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.