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Child porn suspect shoots self after federal agents raid Manassas home

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MANASSAS, Va. -

Federal agents raided a home on Covington Place in Manassas Thursday morning to serve a warrant on child pornography charges.

A short time later, the suspect was dead. Police say he shot himself.

Neighbors say it is not the first time the home has been raided and they want to know why officials did not move in sooner.

Home video captured the scene as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swarmed a house to arrest a man on child porn charges.

On Wednesday, 56-year-old Douglas Lewis was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. Court documents say he had 50 pictures and 157 child porn videos, and he had admitted to downloading the material on his computer. But when agents moved in, shots rang out.

"We saw they had come in and broken a door down," said neighbor Heidi Lang.

Once through the door, agents found Lewis inside the house. They told him to freeze, but he pulled out a gun, ran out a back door and ICE agents ran after him.

Neighbors say Lewis came out of a back gate of his house. They all say they heard an exchange of gunfire. Some say four shots, other say five. But what they all agree on is that there was a pause, and then there was one shot.

They say Lewis was then lying dead on the ground. ICE officials say Lewis shot himself in the head.

As neighbors found out that child pornography was the reason police wanted to arrest him, opinions on their neighbor ranged from anger to disgust.

Lewis' house was first raided back on October 18, 2012. ICE agents executed a search warrant on the home, but he was not arrested. Neighbors now are wondering why.

"There was the FBI out in that same apartment and they brought out tons of computers," said neighbor Randall Harper.

An ICE spokesman says the October 2012 raid was only to gather evidence and they determined Lewis' activity was limited to computer downloading. Several firearms were also removed from the home.


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