Fairfax Police Chief calls for dash-cam video of Park Police shooting to be released to public

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -- Monday, Fairfax Police Chief Ed Roesseler held a news conference to clear his officers of any wrong doing and let the public know that there is video of the scene the night that 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar was shot dead by US Park Police.

“The Fairfax County officer who was providing back up during the pursuit, continued to have the cruiser in car video record the event. At no time did any Fairfax County Police Officer deploy deadly force.”, said Chief Roesseler.

He said his officers on the scene called fire & rescue immediately after the shooting and tried to administer first aid to Ghaisar before EMS crews arrived.

Ghaisar was shot three times in the head by US Park Police following a pursuit after a hit and run accident on the GW Parkway involving his vehicle.

Out of an abundance of caution, Chief Roesseler said he ordered his detectives to follow the officer involved shooting policies for Fairfax County.

He said he turned over the video that captured Park Police shooting Ghaisar, to the FBI as evidence in their investigation, but asked that it be released to the public sooner rather than later.

“When the in-car video is no longer needed for officer interviews and will not interfere with the investigation, I strongly recommend that it be released to the community. The in car video should not be held until the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation, which could potentially take many more months or more.”, said Chief Roesseler.

Chief Roesseler says its important for the information in the video to be shared with the Ghaisar Family and the community for greater understanding of what led the US Park Police shooting of Ghaisar.