UPDATED - Police Investigate Suspicious Death in Ballston-Virginia Sq

Published on January 18, 2020

UPDATE (1/21/20) — Following an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the suspicious death has been ruled a homicide with the victim suffering trauma to the upper body. The victim has been identified as Scott Ratigan, 24, of Arlington, VA.

This remains an active and ongoing criminal investigation. Arlington County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest of a suspect. To report anonymous tips, call the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at ‪1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Police Department's Homicide/Robbery Unit is investigating a suspicious death in the Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood.


At approximately 5:29 p.m. on January 17, police were dispatched to the 800 block of N. Randolph Street for the report of cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, an adult male victim was located deceased inside a residence. Cause of death will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.


This remains an active criminal investigation and the preliminary investigation has not revealed an immediate threat to the community. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact Detective J. Senn of the Arlington County Police Department's Homicide/Robbery Unit at 703-228-4049 or jsenn@arlingtonva.us. Information may also be provided anonymously through the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at ‪1-866-411-TIPS (8477).