Details are emerging from an officer-involved shooting over the weekend in Albemarle County.
A state police spokesperson says an Albemarle officer saw a female being assaulted outside a home along the 9000 block of Rockfish Gap Turnpike early Saturday morning. Police say the suspect ran toward the officer who then shot and killed him.
The suspect has now been officially identified as Gregory Rosson Jr., 21, of Crozet.
A special team from the Virginia State Police is now investigating all aspects of the shooting, and Albemarle's top cop is speaking about not one - but two - officer-involved shootings in two weeks.
Colonel Steve Sellers says he does not know at this point if the officer-involved shootings are a trend or an anomaly, but he's hoping for the latter.
Sellers is now faced with a pair of officer-involved shooting investigations. The first from May 26 along Birdwood Court in Charlottesville, and now a Saturday morning shooting along Rockfish Gap Turnpike in Afton.
"Those sorts of decisions have to be made by the officer on the scene sometimes in a split second," said Sellers.
An officer can use deadly force if the action is in defense of human life, including the officer's, or to prevent imminent danger. Albemarle County has seen a spike in violent assaults against officers -a 175 percent jump from 2011 to 2012. Albemarle has also seen a 200 percent increase in people resisting arrests in that same time frame.
Sellers says it was his decision to call Virginia State Police in for the weekend incident.
"Part of the reason for that decision for me is we're just overwhelmed with the investigation of the previous shooting and our resources are still taxed in that regard," said Sellers.
Sellers says multiple investigations are happening at this point - both internal and external.
Sellers says the officer-involved shootings will also be used as a training tool - to see if there is a place to improve training. Sellers stresses that there's a lot going on in an officer's head in that type of situation and that officer will certainly receive counseling as well.
Virginia State Police Press Release
(ALBERMARLE CO.) June, 10 – One man is dead after shots were fired at a residence in Afton, Va. Virginia State Police are assisting the Albemarle County Police Department with investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday morning (June 8, 2013). The incident began at approximately 2:16 a.m. when the police department received a 911 call for a domestic situation at a residence in the 9000 block of Rock Fish Gap Turnpike in Afton.
When the Albemarle police officer arrived on scene, the officer saw a female being assaulted outside. The suspect ran towards the officer who fired his weapon. The remaining details surrounding the confrontation with the deceased individual remain under investigation.
The deceased person is identified as Gregory A. Rosson, Jr., 21, of Crozet, Va. The individual died at the scene. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.
The police officer was not injured in the incident.
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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