Victim's family issues statement in police shooting
Fairfax County police still haven't issued any details about why David A. Masters, 52, was shot to death on Route 1 last Friday.
The officer who fired the fatal shots, a six-year veteran, was interviewed by police for the first time on Tuesday with his attorney, Edward J. Nuttall, accompanying him, sources familiar with the case said. The officer's name has not been released.
Masters was being pursued because he apparently had ripped some flowers out of a planter outside a landscaping business in the Mount Vernon area, and police say he refused to pull over near the intersection with Fort Hunt Road.
His immediate family -- his parents, brother and two sisters -- released their first statement last night through attorney Jon E. Shields.
The parents and family of David Alan Masters were saddened to learn of David’s tragic death on Friday, November 13, 2009 in Fairfax County, Virginia. David was a veteran of the United States Army, and had been self employed as a cabinet maker until 2007, when he suffered an injury which prevented him from working. David suffered a heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery earlier this year. In addition to his recent physical challenges, David was plagued most of his adult life with episodes of mania and depression arising out of his diagnosed bi-polar disorder.
David is survived by his father, a retired United States Army Colonel, of Longview, Florida, his mother and sister of Manassas, Virginia, a brother in Providence, Rhode Island, a sister in Atlanta, Georgia, a former wife and step-daughter of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and numerous nephews and nieces in Northern Virginia.
The family is not currently in a position to comment on the actions of the police officers involved in David’s death. We cannot form any judgment based upon ignorance of the facts. However, at this point, our family has not been provided with any information from which we can conclude that David engaged in any conduct which would justify the use of deadly force against him. The family will patiently await the results of the homicide and Internal Affairs investigations being conducted by the Fairfax County Police, and the Medical Examiner’s Office before forming any conclusions concerning the circumstances of David’s senseless death.
-- Tom Jackman
November 18, 2009; 7:14 AM ET
Categories: Fairfax , Police Shootings , Tom Jackman | Tags: fairfax county police; david a. masters; police shooting; gail masters; jon e. shields
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