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FBI to Review Shooting After Officer Cleared by Prosecutors

January 28, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va. – The FBI will review the shooting of an unarmed Fredericksburg man who was killed during a Fairfax County police chase.

David Masters, 52, was killed in November at a Richmond highway intersection after he refused to pull over for police, who were chasing him for allegedly stealing flowers.

Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh, who cleared the unidentified officer of any criminal charges on Wednesday, says he’s confident the FBI will come to the same conclusion.

“That’s a good thing” Morrogh says. “Another level of assurance for the public that they can trust their public officials and these matters are handled fairly and they’re looked at without bias.”

Morrogh says the FBI review isn’t routine, but it’s not rare, either.

Masters had a history of mental illness and police believe he was reaching for a weapon after he struck a police officer with his SUV.

The police officer is a six-year veteran of the Fairfax County force.

There were no witnesses to the incident. Morrogh says he found no evidence of malicious intent or recklessness.

Gail M. Masters, David Masters’ ex-wife, says she’s disappointed with Morrogh’s decision.

Since 2005, nine people have been killed in Fairfax County police-involved shootings. Twelve people have been wounded.

“I believe a federal judge made a comment recently in one of those cases that it isn’t an alarming number given the population,” Morrogh says.

Fairfax County’s population is just more than one million.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Officer hold on buddy!! We're out there with you... all the way. Looking up!!

  • Justice-400_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It won't go anywhere. Like the DA said, another chance to show the public they can trust their public officials when the FBI finds out the same thing. I just feel bad that the officer has to sit around wondering if they'll build a case against him. That kind of stress isn't good for a person.

  • 119_1923_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'd like to know how the FBI got involved.

  • 1979_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sorry but this is NOT a Federal Case and it just isn't right to bring them in. Many if not most FBI agents are good people who want to do their job correctly but it is also a very political arm of LE and subject to pressures that have nothing to do with the law or reason. If the politicians want this Officer hanged then the FBI will do so. Pretty much like an Officer being acquitted of killing a suspect and the shooting being found justifiable and then the FBI comes in and charges the Officer with a Civil Rights violation in taking the suspects life and he is found guilty just to satisfy the squeaky wheel that is pressuring the politicians.

  • Th_detective_max50


    over 4 years ago


    As long as the DA cleared the officers a Federal probe should not be the cause of any major concern. Gotta remember that the Liberals are in charge, but even they can't make a clean shoot into something to fit their Liberal Agenda!

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hard to see the crystal ball when you were not there. Chases can be dangerous to all involved.

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