A suspect allegedly stabbed his prominent bioengineering professor father to death in a grisly attack at the family’s Virginia home, authorities said.
Fairfax County police said they responded to multiple calls about a blood-covered shirtless man walking around with a knife in Vienna around 5:30 p.m. on March 2.
Officers took the man, later identified as Axel Buschmann, into custody without incident and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries, which officials said may have been self-inflicted.
“Officers determined where he lived and based on the blood on his clothing, responded to do a welfare check at the home,” police said.
Officers looked through a window at the residence and spotted the 26-year-old suspect’s father, Michael Buschmann, 59, lying motionless on the floor.
“Officers made entry into the home through an unlocked door and found the man suffering from stab wounds to the upper body,” police said.
The elder Buschmann was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to officials, the victim’s wife was away when the suspect allegedly fatally stabbed him.
Two days after the slaying, Axel Buschman was released from the hospital and arrested, police said. He was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge on March 7, and a judge ordered he be held without bond.
Police have not publicly disclosed a possible motive for the crime.
Michael Buschmann was a professor and chair of the bioengineering department at George Mason University.
“I personally did not have the opportunity to meet him, but what we heard from his colleagues this morning who knew him and were beginning the process of reflecting and remembering, first and foremost was his relentlessly inquisitive nature,” said Paul G. Allvin, Vice President and Chief of Communications at the school.
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