No charges for officers who shot and killed gunman at Springfield mall

The Fairfax County, Virginia chief prosecutor will not bring criminal charges against the officers who shot and killed a gunman in the downtown Springfield parking lot.

The Fairfax County, Virginia chief prosecutor will not bring criminal charges against the officers who shot and killed a gunman in the downtown Springfield parking lot.

Fairfax County District Attorney Steve Descano said his investigation found the two officers who fired their weapons at Christian Parker, 37, of Reston, were ‘reasonable’ in fearing he had the intent to “kill an officer on the spot or cause grievous bodily harm”. to one of the officers. Therefore, the level of force used was “legally permitted”, he added.

Descano’s office reviewed reports, interviewed witnesses and inspected body cameras, as well as evidence in its investigation.

Body camera video showed Parker swinging his gun from side to side and pointing the barrel in the direction of police with his hand on the trigger. Interviews with police confirmed the footage.



As Parker continued, the report said both officers felt unsafe and one of them fired his gun. A second officer heard the shot and saw the side window shatter. In addition to what Parker was doing, he thought Parker shot the other officer. It was then that the second officer discharged his weapon. The two officers fired several shots each; Parker was hit with six.

From the time the first officer fired his weapon, police gave Parker between 30 and 40 commands, all of which he did not follow, Descano said. The fact that the second officer mistakenly thought Parker had fired his weapon “does not deny” that the level of force used was permissible because “the perception was reasonable based on the facts and circumstances presented to him” , said Descano.

On June 30, police were notified that Parker would be at the Springfield Town Center. He was wanted for an incident a few days earlier when police say he stole a handgun from a family member in Fairfax County, fired the gun inside the house and fled on foot.

Summer Crime Initiative officers, who received a photo of the man and a surveillance vehicle, saw him and the car around 4:30 p.m.

When Parker returned to his car, the police moved in to lock him up and prevent him from leaving.

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said in June that Parker was “very well known to the criminal justice system.

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