ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A man fatally shot last month by a Virginia police officer had been wielding a metal pole before shots were fired, police said Tuesday.
Arlington Police released additional details of the May 19 shooting that left 54-year-old Alfredo Rials-Torres dead and two officers injured.
According to police, Rials-Torres slammed a door in officers' faces when they responded to a call for a domestic disturbance.
Police say an officer wedged his foot in the door, prompting Rials-Torres to start swinging a metal pole. The officer then fired his stun gun but missed. He was then struck by the metal pole, receiving a serious cut to his face that required surgery. The officer fired his stun gun a second time, accidentally striking a fellow officer in the arm.
The officer struck by the stun gun then retreated to the outside of the apartment. According to a timeline of the confrontation released by police, Rials-Torres continued "violently swinging the metal pole" at the officer, who was now alone. Police say the officer fired three shots at Rials-Torres, striking him in the upper body.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and that a report will be presented to Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos.