Two teen girls fled a Chantilly home amid gunfire Wednesday during a domestic incident that left a Chantilly couple dead.
Fairfax County police said they responded to a home in the 13400 block of Point Pleasant Drive for a report of shots fired shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. There, police found the bodies of Paul Parisi, 46, and his wife, Jannine Parisi, 47.
Police said they secured the scene, determined that the situation appeared to be contained within the home and that there was no further threat to public safety. Although not defined as yet by police as a homicide-suicide, the incident has been deemed domestic in nature.
“At this point we are investigating this as a domestic situation,” said FCPD spokesperson Lucy Caldwell. Police said two teen girls fled the home and sought refuge at a neighbor’s house.
Paul Parisi was an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, and began his career with ATF in 1993 as an Industry Operation Investigator, according to ATF spokesman Thomas A. Faison
“Parisi became a special agent in 1999, and at the time of his death was assigned to the Washington Field Division in the arson and explosives group,” Faison said.
Jannine Parisi was a health and P.E. teacher at Franklin Middle School, according to FCPS spokesman John Torre.
“She has been a part of the Franklin Middle School family since 2005. She was a wonderful teacher, role model and friend to students and staff and she will be greatly missed,” wrote Franklin Middle School Principal Sharon Eisenberg in a letter to parents on Wednesday. “Today has been a very emotional day at Franklin as we learned of this tragedy. Our thoughts are with Jannine’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”
Police said they are continuing to investigate exactly what happened, and said the official cause and manner of death will need to be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members who have suffered a tremendous loss today,” said Faison of the ATF. “We request that the family’s privacy be respected so that they can grieve in private.”