Ex-Fairfax officer released from jail after manslaughter conviction

Adam Torres, who took a plea deal in the shooting of John Geer, gets out of the Fairfax County jail five days after accepting that plea. He served just over 10 months. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Adam Torres, who took a plea deal in the shooting of John Geer, gets out of the Fairfax County jail five days after accepting that plea. He served just over 10 months. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Adam Torres
Adam Torres is the first Fairfax County police officer ever convicted of an on-duty shooting. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

Adam Torres
Adam Torres leaves the Fairfax County jail on June 29, 2016. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

(1/3)
Adam Torres, who took a plea deal in the shooting of John Geer, gets out of the Fairfax County jail five days after accepting that plea. He served just over 10 months. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
Adam Torres
Adam Torres

FAIRFAX, Virginia — Adam Torres, the first Fairfax County police officer ever convicted of an on-duty shooting has been released from jail, five days after being sentenced for the involuntary manslaughter death of John Geer.

Torres, 33, wearing a short sleeve shirt and shorts and carrying a large plastic bag of personal belongings, declined to answer questions as he was released shortly after 8 a.m. from the Fairfax County jail.

He was greeted inside the facility by several people, who appeared to be family and friends. Torres was escorted to a car parked near the jail entrance, and left without speaking.

In a hearing last Friday, Torres was sentenced to a year in jail, after a plea arrangement with prosecutors, which a judge approved.

Torres’ bond had been revoked when he was indicted on a charge of murder, in Geer’s death. He had been in the Fairfax jail since August 2015.

Torres shot Geer, 46, Springfield, Virginia, in August 2013. At the time of the shooting, Geer was at his own home, standing in a doorway. The shooting came at the end of a 40-minute standoff that started with a domestic-dispute call. Geer was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and witnesses say he had his hands up.

Prosecutor Ray Morrogh said the 10 months Torres served before agreeing to plead guilty to a reduced charge was roughly equivalent to the time he would normally spend in jail after sentencing.

Geer’s partner, and mother of Geer’s children, had approved of the plea arrangement.

Anne Geer, the victim’s mother, had vehemently opposed the deal and sentence, saying one year in prison was not justice for her son.

Torres was fired from the Fairfax County Police Department after being indicted. Earlier, the county had paid Geer’s family $2.95 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit.

The shooting prompted Fairfax County to review use of force and community relations polices in the police department.

Follow @WTOP on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

© 2016 WTOP. All Rights Reserved.

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up