Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate after a man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Officers responded at 8:47 last night to INOVA Fairfax Hospital at 3300 Gallows Road where a patient on the 4th floor of the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute was reported to have a gun.  Prior to officers’ arrival, the patient, 64-year-old Thomas Wimmer, of Ashburn, shot himself at-least once in the upper body.  Officers arrived on-scene a short time later and found Wimmer alone in his hospital room.  He was initially responsive but non-compliant to officer commands and refused to surrender his firearm.

Approximately an hour later, officers were able to safely enter Wimmer’s room and immediately rendered medical aid.  Wimmer was taken to the hospital’s trauma center where he died a short time later.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be conducting an autopsy to confirm cause of death.  No other injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

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