Chief Roessler’s Statement on the U.S. Park Police Shooting in the Mount Vernon District

To the Residents of Fairfax County:

As your Chief of Police, I want to ensure you have the latest information on the U.S. Park Police’s officer-involved shooting that occurred in the Mount Vernon District on Friday, November 17. Below is a news release the FBI sent to the media last night.  

FBI

Here’s what I can share with you regarding our department’s response:

  • We had two police officers who provided backup to the USPP in its pursuit Friday evening and at the scene of its shooting.
  • Our officers did not discharge their duty weapons.
  •  I deployed our officer-involved shooting team to respond to the scene to investigate despite knowing preliminarily our officers had not discharged their weapons. This was done out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with our protocols to understand and account for all the actions of our officers.
  •  Since our officers were not directly involved in the deployment of deadly force, I consider them to be law enforcement witnesses (indirectly involved).  Based on this conclusion, they remain on full duty.
  • We stand in full cooperation with the federal authorities who are investigating the USPP incident.
  •  Our agency has turned over our evidence in this case, in-car videos, to the federal authorities conducting the investigation into the USPP.

We remain committed, as always, to providing our community with accurate and relevant information.

Sincerely,

Edwin C. Roessler Jr.

Chief of Police