Eighth Update: Commonwealth’s Attorney Clears Officers

Today, Raymond F. Morrogh, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County of Fairfax, notified Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, that four police officers committed no wrongdoing after trying to help a man with special needs who had wandered away from his caretakers. Our Internal Affairs Bureau has also determined the officers were in compliance with all rules, laws, regulations, and training. Based on Mr. Morrogh’s ruling, and Chief Roessler’s review of the internal investigation, the Chief has arranged for their return to full duty status.

As we have previously shared, on April 20, 2016, patrol officers from the Mason District Station were dispatched to the area of Round Tree Park at 3320 Annandale Road for a report of a critical missing man who had wandered away from the park on foot. Officers found 45-year-old Paul Gianelos of Annandale and were attempting to return him to caretakers when he began to struggle with officers. It was then that he experienced an apparent medical emergency. Despite efforts at resuscitating the man, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

In the report issued today regarding the case, Mr. Morrogh wrote, “While tragic and profoundly sad, Mr. Gianelos’ death was accidental. In my legal opinion, none of these police officers are criminally culpable for his death.” 

Please refer to this link for extensive information about this case.