Civil rights probe launched in police shooting
The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Fairfax County police officer in November, an FBI spokeswoman said Friday.
Prosecutors said David A. Masters, 52, of Fredericksburg was shot as he rolled away from police officers who had pulled him over on Route 1 near Fort Hunt Road on Nov..13. Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh said the officer who fired thought Masters had struck another officer with his Chevrolet Blazer and was reaching for a weapon, and ruled the killing justifiable Wednesday. The other officer was not struck and Masters did not have a gun.
Lindsay Godwin of the FBI’s Washington field office said she did not know if a civil rights complaint was filed or the FBI initiated the probe. The investigation was first reported by WTOP Radio (103.5 FM).
— Tom Jackman
Washington Post Editors
January 29, 2010; 6:36 PM ET
Categories: Fairfax , Police Shootings , Tom Jackman , Virginia
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