Father of police shooting victim: ‘I feel justice is being served’
By Nick Iannelli | @NickWTOPAugust 18, 2015 2:11 pm
FAIRFAX STATION, Va. — Nearly two years after his son was killed by a Fairfax County police officer, Don Geer says his family has taken a step toward closure now that the officer who pulled the trigger has been indicted.
On Monday, Adam Torres was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of John Geer, 46.
Police were called to John Geer’s Springfield town house for a domestic dispute in August 2013. Geer had placed a gun on the ground, but he was not armed at the time.
“At this point now, I feel justice is being served,” Don Geer told WTOP.
But it has been an emotionally painful, arduous process for the Geer family. They waited months to hear even basic details of the police investigation into their son’s shooting.
“It’s just terrible to spend all this time laying in bed at night wondering what took place,” said Don Geer.
“There’s just thousands of things that go through your mind of what could have happened.”
Torres claims he fired one shot after seeing Geer reach down toward his waist. Witnesses, including other officers and Don Geer, have disagreed with that account saying his arms remained above his shoulders.
Torres left the Fairfax Co. police department July 31, and he is being held without bond on the murder charge.
This is the first time in the history of Fairfax County that an officer has been prosecuted for a shooting that happened while on duty.
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