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VSP Investigate Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Albemarle County

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Virginia State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in Albemarle Saturday morning – and they're not saying much.  Albemarle County police are saying even less.

What we know: An Albemarle officer was responding to a call at a home along Rockfish Gap Turnpike early Saturday morning.  That's when something happened - police won't say what - and the officer shot a man to death.   

The shooting took place in an area neighbors say is normally quiet.

"I didn't hear nothing, you know, it's so wooded up here it's buffered so…nothing," said William Johnson, a neighbor.

Calls for rescue crews went out around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.  Investigators remained on the scene until noon. Rockfish Gap Turnpike also reopened around noon.  It was closed between Routes 6 and 151 as of 9:30 a.m. for the investigation.

Virginia State Police say an Albemarle County police officer shot and killed a man while responding to a domestic disturbance at a home.

Family members tell NBC29 the man killed was Greg Rosson. Rosson's relatives and friends are taking to the NBC29 Facebook page to grieve his loss.

One commenter says: "Greg was a great friend he would give you the shirt off his back."       

Virginia State Police spokesperson Deborah Cox says the officer involved in the shooting was not injured. Police did not release details about the shooting or why the officer shot and killed Rosson.

Albemarle County Police Department spokesperson Carter Johnson declined to comment on the investigation but did confirm that the officer involved in the shooting is now on administrative leave and that Albemarle police have initiated an internal investigation.

Albemarle County Police Department
Press Release

At the request of the Albemarle County Police Department, the Virginia State Police is investigating the officer involved fatal shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 8th, 2013 in the 9000 block of Rockfish Gap Turnpike.

The Albemarle County Police Department has initiated an internal investigation into this incident.  As with any police shooting, the involved officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the Virginia State Police investigation and the internal investigation.    

We ask that you give us time to conduct these investigations.  It is imperative that we focus on the facts and do not release any information that would disrupt the integrity of these investigations.  

The ACPD's internal investigation is conducted by the agency's Office of Professional Standards and is a personnel issue.  Therefore,  we will not be releasing additional information regarding the officer or the incident.  All questions regarding the shooting will be answered by the Virginia State Police.

Virginia State Police Press Release
June 8, 2013

Virginia State Police are assisting the Albemarle County Police Department with investigating a fatal police shooting in the early morning hours of Saturday (June 8, 2013). The Albemarle County Police responded to a  911 call for a domestic situation at a residence on Rock Fish Gap Turnpike in Afton.

At the request of the Albemarle Police Department, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's "Police Shooting Investigative Team" from the Appomattox Field Office is conducting the investigation into the incident.

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