A former Fairfax County police officer was charged with second-degree murder on Monday, almost two years after he killed an unarmed man as he stood with his hands raised in the doorway of his home, The Washington Post reports.
In August 2013, then-Officer Adam Torres shot 46-year-old John Geer during a police standoff, claiming he saw the victim reach for his waist. According to other officers at the scene, however, Geer never dropped his hands below his shoulders and told police, “I don’t want to die today.” From Reuters:
The shooting led to protests against Fairfax County police and an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. Prosecutors convened a special grand jury in the case.
Police initially refused to release information about the shooting or to turn over records to prosecutors. For more than a year, police would not say which officer had shot Geer.
On Monday, Torres turned himself in and was taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.
“Justice is prevailing,” John Geer’s father, Don Geer, told the Post. “I figured it was going to eventually happen. It’s unfortunate we had to wait so long for it to take place. But our judicial system is going through its process, and we will see justice served.”
[Image via Fairfax County Police Department]