By Dick UlianoFebruary 27, 2017 4:35 am
WASHINGTON — Last month Fairfax County police fatally shot a man outside his Herndon, Virginia, home. Police say the man shot and wounded his two brothers, held a hostage and set the house on fire. The officer involved in the Jan. 16 fatal shooting, who is on paid administrative leave, has been battling in court to keep his name from being made public.
The veteran officer won a judge’s order to keep his name from being released, arguing that to do so would endanger him and his family. But Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler announced late last week that no credible threat has been found to the officer.
Roessler is expected to meet with the officer early this week and the chief must provide the court the results of the threat assessment.
Because of controversy surrounding past police shootings in Fairfax, it’s become county policy to release names of officers involved in fatal shootings within 10 days, unless it poses a threat to the officer’s safety.
The officer’s lawyers could further petition to the federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia to keep his name from being made public.
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Fairfax County Police Officer put on restricted duty following crash
Officer hit van while driving above the speed with his emergency lights off
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - A police officer in Fairfax County was put on restricted duty Wednesday following a crash in Falls Church involving another driver.
The officer was driving westbound on Leesburg Pike, approaching Patrick Henry Drive, when he collided with a van that was traveling eastbound on Leesburg Pike and tried to make a left turn onto Patrick Henry Drive, in front of the marked cruiser.
An investigation revealed that the officer was driving above the speed limit without his emergency lights activated at the time of the crash.
The officer is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of two parallel investigations -- one administrative and one criminal.
The victim of the crash was transported to a local hospital, where he remains.
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