A former Fairfax County, Va., police officer was charged with second-degree murder Monday, nearly two years after he shot and killed an unarmed man who stood with his hands raised in the doorway of his home, reports the Washington Post. The indictment of Adam D. Torres in the killing of John Geer, 46, who had a holstered gun at his feet when he was shot, marks the first time in the 75-year history of the Fairfax County Police Department that an officer has faced criminal prosecution in connection with an on-duty shooting.
Geer's slaying in August 2013 sparked protests, shook trust in law enforcement and prompted county officials to begin a broad review of the department's use of force and the way it communicates with the public about police shootings. A special grand jury in Fairfax County returned the indictment against Torres after hearing six days of testimony from nearly 20 witnesses, including Geer's family and other officers. Torres, who did not testify, surrendered Monday evening and was being held without bond at the county jail. Torres, a Fairfax officer since 2006, was fired on July 31.