Police said they are investigating his death as a possible suicide.
Officers discovered multiple weapons in the home, police said.
Shortly after officers left the house around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the police rookie called 911 and asked officers to return, police said. When officers arrived at the home, they said, they found him with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The recruit’s death is also being investigated as a possible suicide, said police, who did not immediately release the name of the recruit or his wife as they were still notifying next of kin on Sunday after- midday.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis has ordered an internal affairs investigation into how the incident was handled by officers and whether the firearms at the home should have been seized under a Virginia Red Flag law that allows firearms to be confiscated from those who might be a danger to themselves or others.
In an internal departmental email, Davis wrote that he wanted to “determine whether our leadership performance was consistent with my expectations.”
Police said they are also investigating why there was a delay in reporting the incident.
“Suicides are extremely sensitive and fragile for everyone involved,” said Fairfax County Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “This incident was not reported to the public information office in a timely manner, and I will investigate how it happened.”
Guglielmi also said officers from the Criminal Intelligence Unit responded to the scene to help facilitate communications with the military, as the recruit’s wife was on active duty in the US military.
The recruit was scheduled to attend the Fairfax County Police Academy in the coming weeks, police said.