UPDATE, 3:30pm Monday, June 10: State police have confirmed that the man killed in an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning in western Albemarle was Gregory A. Rosson, Jr., 21, of Crozet.
According to the latest news release issued this afternoon, police received a 911 call for a “domestic situation” at an Afton address on Route 250 at 2:16am. When the county officer who responded arrived on the scene, he saw a female being assaulted outside the home, according to police. Rosson then ran towards the officer, the release said, and the officer fired his weapon. Rosson died at the scene, and his body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for an autopsy.
A special police-involved shooting investigative team based out of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomatix Field Office was called in by the Albemarle County Police Department to investigate the incident. County police are conducting their own internal administrative review.
The officer involved has not yet been identified.
One man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Albemarle County early Saturday morning, the second shooting involving county cops in two weeks and the third police-involved shooting in the area this spring.
Police were called to a house in the 9000 block of Rockfish Gap Turnpike—a stretch of Route 250 between Crozet and Afton—for a “domestic situation” in the early hours of the morning, according to a press release from the Virginia State Police, who were called in by the Albemarle County Police Department to assist in the investigation.
During the call, which other news reports say took place around 2:30am, an unidentified officer shot and killed a man, according to the release. County police spokeswoman Carter Johnson said in a separate release that the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave—standard operating procedure in police-involved shootings. The officer was not injured, state police said.
According to NBC29, family members told reporters the man shot and killed was Greg Rosson. A Facebook profile for a Greg Rosson with a Jarman’s Gap Road address includes posts from friends mourning him.
On Thursday, he posted a status that read, “I’m going to live my life to the fullest.”
One friend’s response on Sunday: “and that he did do. he always has. just can’t believe he’s gone.”
On Sunday, May 26, Albemarle County police officer William Underwood shot 38-year-old Josue Salinas Valdez at Valdez’s city townhome while investigating a hit-and-run. That shooting is still under investigation.
On March 16, Charlottesville officer Alexander Bruner shot Franklin Donnett Brown, 56, of Albemarle, while responding to a fight outside the Elks Lodge near the city’s Downtown Mall. Brown allegedly shot another man, 22-year-old Leon Travis Brock, of Culpeper County, immediately before he was shot by Bruner. Bruner has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in that case.
County and state police have released little information about the most recent shootings. Their respective statements are below.
From the Albemarle County Police Department:
At the request of the Albemarle County Police Department, the Virginia State Police is investigating the officer involved fatal shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 8th, 2013 in the 9000 block of Rockfish Gap Turnpike.
The Albemarle County Police Department has initiated an internal investigation into this incident. As with any police shooting, the inolved officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the Virginia State Police investigation and the internal investigation.
We ask that you give us time to conduct these investigations. It is imperative that we focus on the facts and do not release any information that would disrupt the integrity of these investigations.
The ACPD’s internal investigation is conducted by the agency’s Office of Professional Standards and is a personnel issue. Therefore, we will not be releasing additional information regarding the officer or the incident. All questions regarding the shooting will be answered by the Virginia State Police.
From the state police:
Virginia State Police are assisting the Albemarle County Police Department with investigating a fatal police shooting in the early morning hours of Saturday (June 8, 2013). The Albemarle County Police responded to a 911 call for a domestic situation at a residence on Rock Fish Gap Turnpike in Afton.
One individual is deceased. The Albemarle Police Officer involved in the shooting was not injured.
At the request of the Albemarle Police Department, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s “Police Shooting Investigative Team” from the Appomattox Field Office is conducting the investigation into the incident.