Of­fi­cers in­volved in fa­tal shoot­ing iden­ti­fied

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MATT ZAPO­TO­SKY matt.zapo­to­sky@wash­post.com

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.

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