According to authorities, an adult son was charged Tuesday at a family home in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The man was charged with murder after his father was stabbed to death at a family home in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Wednesday, police said.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said Axel Bushman, 26, of Vienna, was charged with second-degree murder following the death of his father, Michael Bushman, 59, of Vienna on Wednesday night.
Michael Bushman headed the Department of Bioengineering and Nanomedicine at George Mason University.
At around 5pm on Wednesday, 2nd Lieutenant Erin Weeks said police had received several calls about a man walking down the road and covered in blood.
Weeks said the response service arrived on the scene and found Axel Bushman shirtless with a torso in his blood. Davis later added that Bushman was wearing a jacket and a knife under his jacket.
Weeks said the officers were walking calmly with Axel Bushman towards the city of Vienna, and he threw out a knife during that time. As soon as officers were able to force Bushman to sit down, he was taken to a hospital to treat at least one severe stab wound to his chest.
Based on some statements made by Axel Bushman to police, Weeks said officers conducted a welfare inspection of his home at Green Way Palace.
When they arrived at the house, authorities noticed two feet on the floor as they peered out the window. Officers entered through an unlocked door and pronounced Michael Bushman dead on the spot due to “several stab wounds,” Davis said.
Davis said there was no motive to speak at the time, but noted that the killing was part of a disturbing trend in the county.
“What drives the killings? A very specific answer: grown-up sons are killing their parents in their homes in a crisis, ”Davis said. “And this is not our first stab wound. Knife wounds … these are very personal and often vicious crime scenes. “
Davis said stab wounds inflicted by adult sons accounted for nearly one-third of 21 murders in Fairfax County last year. In 2020, there were 15 murders.
“We are depressed and saddened by this shocking news of Dr. Bushman’s tragic death,” said Paul Alvin, a spokesman for George Mason University. “We have really lost a great mind, a great teacher and, by all accounts, a good and decent man.”
Alvin said Michael Bushman was working on a technology that would make mRNA vaccines less expensive with fewer side effects and more widely available to the world. Some vaccines against COVID-19 are produced using mRNA.
Michael Bushman received his Ph.D. in 1992 he received medical equipment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously worked at the Polytechnic School in Montreal, Quebec, from 1994 until he was recruited to work at Mason in 2017.
The following is the area where the knife occurred: