11,000 pages of documents released on police killing of John Geer

WASHINGTON — It was a local standoff that led to a police-involved shooting. In response, Fairfax County publicly released more than 11,000 pages of documents on Friday night relating to the death of John Geer, a father of two from Springfield, Virginia in August 2013.

Police were called to Geer’s home for a domestic dispute involving the 46-year-old man and his longtime girlfriend, also the mother of his two children. Officer Adam Torres shot Geer while he was reportedly standing in the doorway of his townhouse. And Geer was allegedly lowering his hands as he stood in the doorway to his home when he was shot. Witnesses say Geer immediately went back into his home. He later bled to death, The Washington Post reports.

The release of the documents is part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Geer’s family. Fairfax County fought the release before relenting and giving the documents to lawyers earlier this week.

Geer was said to had been negotiating with officers with his hands up before Torres shot him. The new information released Friday gives the accounts of Geer and other officers of what happened.

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