Victim shot multiple times by US Park Police dies of injuries

FAIRFAX, Va.-- Monday, 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar, the man shot nearly two weeks ago in Fairfax by US Park Police, succumbed to his injuries after spending 11 days in critical condition, according to the FBI.
His family has said that Ghaisar was unarmed.

The 911 call came in just before 8:00 the night of November 17th, when, according to the FBI, two U. S. Park Police officers were involved in a shooting following a vehicle pursuit.

It happened at the intersection of Fort Hunt Road and Alexandria Avenue in Fairfax.

According to police, the man they shot, later identified as Ghaisar, had been wanted in connection to a hit-and-run that happened on the GW Parkway at Slaters Lane.

Overcome with grief, Ghaisar’s family was too upset to give an interview, but did release a statement which says in part, “Our son, Bijan Ghaisar, was shot in the head three times in his car by the United States Park Police in Alexandria, Virginia. The reason for the murder of our son has yet to be determined. Though no reasoning could possibly justify the action of the one or more Park Police officers involved in this unthinkable act.” 

According to that same statement, Ghaisar was a first generation American born citizen of Iranian heritage and a graduate of Langley High School and Virginia Commonwealth University.

He worked as an accountant at his family’s firm.

In a statement, the National Iranian American Council says they are deeply saddened and concerned by the shooting death of Ghaisar and hopes the FBI will provide a “full and fair accounting that takes all angles into account.”

The FBI's investigation into this shooting is ongoing.

They ask anyone with information or video related to the initial hit-and-run crash or from the scene of the shooting to contact their tip line at (202) 610-8737.