Alexandria Police said Bouaichi is a rape suspect who was released from jail due to the coronavirus and ended up killing the woman who accused him of rape.
Authorities on Wednesday tracked down Bouaichi, but he shot himself by Thursday he was in critical condition, according to The Washington Post.
Bouaichi was facing indictment in 2019 related to charges including rape, abduction, and strangulation. He was put in jail with no bond in Alexandria. The female rape victim testified against him in December 2019 at Alexandria District Court.
Following the pandemic outbreak, lawyers for Bouaichi made the argument that he should be set free while he awaited trial because the coronavirus was a risk to both inmates and their attorneys. Bouaichi was released from jail on a $25,000 bond due to objections by a prosecutor.
The release of Bouaichi by Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins was under the condition that he only leaves his home in Maryland meetup with pretrial services officials or his lawyers.
Alexandria Police say that 33-year-old Bouaichi fatally shot the female rape victim near the end of July.
Authorities said federal marshals and Alexandria Police located Bouaichi and gave pursuit on Wednesday in Prince George’s County. He crashed his vehicle and then killed himself by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Alexandria Police Department Announces Homicide Suspect Has Been Taken Into Custody: https://t.co/THA1cXi79t
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) August 5, 2020
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