Fairfax County releases documents in John Geer shooting case
After 17 months since the fatal shooting of a man by police at the doorway of his home, Fairfax County has finally released documents and material from the case.
John Geer was fatally shot on August 29, 2013 after his longtime partner called police following a domestic dispute. There were guns in the house, but the 46-year-old's family contends he was unarmed while standing in the doorway talking to police.
Details about Geer's death were limited with his family and an Iowa senator who was following the case were pressuring county officials for information.
Even the Commonwealth's Attorney was stonewalled by the county attorney who refused to hand over certain documents in the case.
A judge had to step in and order the name release of the officer along with other information that was being withheld by the county.
Earlier this month, the Fairfax County police officer who killed Geer was identified as PFC Adam Torres, an 8-year veteran of the department.
Police allege that Geer "was reported as having multiple firearms inside the home, displaying a firearm that he threatened to use against the police…"
And it was when "Geer began lowering his hands at one point during the negotiations, PFC Adam Torres fired a single shot that struck Geer."
The new documents released on Friday consist of more than 11,000 pages of material and include audio and video files.
Geer's family has a civil lawsuit filed against police seeking $12 million in damages.
The officer who fatally shot Geer has been placed on administrative duty since the shooting pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigation.
View the newly released documents here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/2015/geer-case-materials.htm