David Edward Abbott, Jr. refused to surrender to police before he shot himself with a handgun

By Chris Harris
December 16, 2015 12:35 PM
Prince William County Police

A Virginia police detective committed suicide on Tuesday as officers stormed his Gainesville home to arrest him for allegedly soliciting a minor for sex, PEOPLE confirms.

According to a police spokesman, David Edward Abbott, Jr., 39, was a Manassas City detective who worked with the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Investigators showed up at Abbott’s home Tuesday with arrest warrants charging him with two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and two counts of use of a communications device to solicit sexual offenses, the spokesman explains to PEOPLE.

Abbott refused to surrender to police Tuesday during a brief standoff that ended when he shot himself with a handgun, the spokesman says. He died in his home.

A statement from police says an investigation into allegations made against Abbott began Dec. 14.

The statement says Abbott was accused of having inappropriate sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy.

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“The investigation revealed that the accused was a coach for a local Prince William County hockey league where he had met the victim,” the statement reads. “Detectives learned that the inappropriate contact between the accused and the victim began in June of 2013 when the victim was 11.”

That contact “consisted of soliciting sexual acts via phone, text, social media and email,” says the statement, adding that “the accused also had face-to-face interactions with the victim.”

A second victim allegedly came forward during the investigation. The second child was also affiliated with the hockey league and Abbott allegedly had inappropriate communication with the child “which began in June of 2008 when the victim was 13.”

In a separate statement, police said that Abbott’s “family and peers request privacy during this time as we grieve and struggle to accept the realities of such a loss.”