Va. chief calls for release of video capturing fatal shooting by Park Police

Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler talks to members of the media who are trying to learn about the every day dangers law enforcement officers face. (WTOP/Ginger Whitaker)

WASHINGTON — Video captured the shooting of a Northern Virginia man by U.S. Park Police after a pursuit on the George Washington Parkway last month. And Fairfax County police Chief Edwin Roessler called for the FBI to publicly release the video of the deadly shooting.

Bijan Ghaisar was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and his family describes him as a ”kind and gentle soul.” (Courtesy Ghaisar family)

Bijan Ghaisar, 25, of McLean, was shot by Park Police on Nov. 17, and a Fairfax County police officer witnessed it, according to Roessler.

“The Fairfax County officer who was providing backup during the pursuit continued to have the cruiser in-car video record the event,” Roessler said at a press conference Monday.

Ghaisar died at a hospital days later from his injuries. He was shot in the head three times, his family said in a statement.

The department turned over the dashcam video to the FBI, Rosseler said. He called for the agency to make the video public before it concludes its investigation in the interest of transparency.

“It’s important for the information it contains to be seen by the Ghaisar family and by our community, so we can all start to understand the facts of the shooting by the U.S. Park Police,” Roessler said.

He suggested the agency make the video available to the public after it has concluded its interviews with the responding officers.

It’s still unclear if one or more federal officers fired shots. The FBI could not provide an update on its independent investigation of the Park Police officers’ actions.

Ghaisar graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 with a degree in accounting. He worked in the family’s accounting firm in McLean.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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