Officers involved in fatal shooting identified
Arlington County police on Friday identified the officers involved in a confrontation last month that led to the fatal shooting of a man at a Ballston apartment complex.
The officers were 1st Sgt. John Letos, Officer Michael Laird and Field Training Officer Joel Davis, police said.
Police would not precisely describe each officers’ actions during the incident, which led to the death of Alfredo Rials-Torres, 54. They asserted that although their investigation continues and the commonwealth’s attorney will eventually review the case, they currently believe that the officers’ actions “were prudent, reasonable and within our established guidelines.”
Previously, police said that officers were first sent to the Gates of Ballston apartment complex after someone heard shouting and called 911. A neighbor has said that the shouting seemed to be a screaming match between Rials-Torres and his mother.
Police said that when two officers arrived, Rials-Torres tried to slam the door in their faces and raised a metal pole to threaten them. One officer then fired a Taser at Rials-Torres, police said, but it did not work, and Rials-Torres hit him in the face with the pole.
When that officer again tried to use the stun gun against Rials-Torres, the prongs hit the other officer, who was injured and left the building, police said. Rials-Torres swung the metal pole again, police said, and the first officer shot him three times in the upper body.
A third officer entered the apartment after the shooting, police said.
Rials-Torres was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The officer who was hit with the pole suffered a serious facial cut and underwent surgery, police have said.