A Virginia man allegedly stabbed his professor’s father at their home, left the scene, and walked down the street covered in blood.
Axel Buschman26, faces second-degree murder charges for allegedly killing a bioengineering expert Michael Buschman59, acc Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department.
Police officers said they were called to the junction of Chain Bridge Road and Babcock Road on Wednesday about a man with a knife in the street. The person was covered in blood. Officials said the man threw a jacket on the ground and authorities noticed a kitchen knife near the jacket as he walked away. Police said they managed to take him safely into custody.
The man had multiple lacerations to his neck, Police Lt. Erin weeks told reporters in a news conference on Thursday.
Answering a question from a reporter, Fairfax Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said it was possible the defendant’s wounds were self-inflicted.
“We don’t know yet but it’s certainly a strong, strong possibility,” he said. Davis added that the investigation in this “[t]terrible, terrible tragedy” is afoot.
Citing testimony from defendant Buschmann, officers conducted a welfare inspection at his home on Block 9800 of Palace Green Way. Through a window, officers saw two feet lying on the ground, Weeks said. Police officers entered through an unlocked door and found Professor Buschmann unresponsive. Fire and rescue workers pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
The accused Buschmann was treated in a hospital. Police did not provide details on how the incident began, but said the father and son were the only two people home at the time.
The victim was a bioengineering professor at George Mason University.
“We are shocked and dismayed by this shocking news of Professor Buschmann’s tragic death,” he said Paul G AllvinVice President and Head of Communications at the school.
“I personally did not have the opportunity to meet him, but what we heard this morning from his colleagues who knew him and started the process of thinking and remembering was primarily his unrelenting curiosity,” he said at the press conference.
Allvin described him as a great teacher.
“His students, as we know, valued his teaching and learned from him,” he said.
Buschmann came to the university with his wife in 2017 Caroline Hoemannwho is also a professor of bioengineering, according to a statement from the school. He worked to make mRNA vaccines like COVID-19 vaccines cheaper and more available.
“Buschmann recently founded the start-up AexeRNA Therapeutics Inc. in partnership with the university’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT),” the school said of the late professor’s work. “He and his team had licensed the commercial rights to four patent applications to the company. The technology would make mRNA vaccines like the COVID-19 vaccines cheaper, with fewer side effects, and more widely available around the world.”
From the police:
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