VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A stabbing suspect was found dead after setting fire to a home during a barricade situation in the 1900 block of Big Boulder Drive Friday afternoon.
Dispatchers received a report of a stabbing in the area at 2:07 p.m.
A bystander was helping the victim, a man, when a Virginia State Police Trooper happened to be driving through the area; the Trooper stopped to investigate.
Police say as the Trooper approached, the suspect fled inside the home and barricaded himself inside.
Authorities say the stabbing was domestic related. EMS personnel took the victim to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are said to be serious.
The Virginia Beach SWAT team went to the home and was in the process of trying to communicate with the suspect when they saw smoke coming from one room of the home.
Firefighters from the Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the fire from outside the home.
Once the fire was out, SWAT officers made their way inside the home and found the suspect, who was dead in the room where the fire started.
The Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
This incident is under active investigation by the VBPD Homicide Unit.