Virginia county settles police shooting lawsuit for $3M

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Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:16 PM

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia county has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after one of its police officers shot and killed a man in the doorway of his home two years ago.

Fairfax County Officer Adam Torres fatally shot 46-year-old John Geer of Springfield in August 2013 after a report of a domestic dispute. Witnesses, including other officers, said Geer was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot.

Michael Lieberman, attorney for the Geer family, said he believes the $2.95 million settlement is the largest in Virginia history in connection with a police shooting. The settlement contains no admission of liability on the county's part. Backlash over the shooting has prompted the county to establish a commission that is reviewing police procedures.