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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Man Sentenced for Gang-Related Shootout at Music Studio

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A previously convicted felon was sentenced yesterday to over four years in prison for his involvement in a gang-related shootout at a recording studio in Alexandria in July 2019.

“A convicted felon in possession of a firearm poses a serious danger to the safety of our communities,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Reginald Tolliver III has an extensive criminal record that includes assault and battery, and the distribution of narcotics. In this case, Tolliver illegally possessed a firearm, which he then utilized to engage in a gang-related shootout in broad daylight. Far too often, especially in recent months, we see the devastating result to communities and families when criminals engage in armed shootouts to settle their disputes. All communities should have the freedom to be outside without fear of being hit by gang cross-fire. We will continue to prosecute cases such as these, which place innocent lives in danger.”

According to court documents, Tolliver, 23, of Woodbridge, unlawfully possessed and fired a SigSauer semi-automatic pistol during a gang-related shootout, on July 2, 2019, at a recording studio in Alexandria. Surveillance video footage captured two masked individuals exit a vehicle and fire at a vehicle occupied by Tolliver and his associates. Video captured Tolliver fire his pistol at the masked individuals before police responded to the scene to find Tolliver and an associate wounded by gunfire.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. Click here for more information about Project Guardian.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas U. Murphy II prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:19-cr-374.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated August 13, 2020