FAIRFAX, Va. -- In August, a Fairfax Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man, police said was charging at people with a steel sign post.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney opened an investigation on the deputy involved shooting and found the shooting justifiable.
At a press conference, Tuesday, officials said on August 15, Yovani Amaya Gomez was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital by a police officer who was not sure if the man needed mental or physical help. Officials said the hospital cleared Gomez of mental and physical problems and released him. Gomez was at the bus stop, trying to get to a homeless shelter, when things escalated.
Fairfax Chief of Police said there will be no criminal charges filed against the deputy involved in the shooting.
“You can clearly see in the video, the deputy is tactically retreating, trying to put distance, but when you see the distance closed like that, force had to be used. Unfortunately, it was deadly force. It is justified under the law, it was necessary to prevent death or more hard to others,” explained Chief Edwin Roessler.
The shooting was caught on surveillance video. Fairfax County Police released the video Tuesday: https://youtu.be/NDDLt2sY4aM