Fairfax Police Release Recording of Fatal Shooting Outside Hospital

 Shooting happens at 3: 20 on video

(12-21-16) Police released video of the fatal shooting of a Hispanic man on the grounds of Fairfax Inova hospital shortly after he was discharged from its emergency room where he had been taken by police and paramedics who suspected he was having a mental health crisis. You can read my earlier blogs about this shooting here and here.

Here is the official police press release.

Mason Police District – Now that the criminal investigation has concluded, and the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney has rendered an opinion, detectives from the Major Crimes Division are releasing surveillance video of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy-involved fatal shooting that occurred on Monday, August 15, 2016.

The video depicts a man, later identified as Yovani Amaya Gomez, walking around the bus stop area, holding a long, narrow weapon in his hand, as two security guards approach him. Gomez is seen striking one security guard in the head and neck area with the weapon and the security guard retreating. Several more security guards arrive and appear to attempt to contain Gomez.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy arrives and security guards direct him toward Gomez. Gomez runs directly at the Sheriff’s Deputy, while raising the weapon. The Sheriff’s Deputy is seen removing his service weapon from its holster as Gomez sprints toward him. The Sheriff’s Deputy backs away as Gomez swings the weapon at him.

Although the view of the actual shooting is partially obstructed by one of the bus stop waiting areas, we know that the Sheriff’s Deputy shoots Gomez and then Gomez is seen rolling on the ground. The Sheriff’s Deputy then calls for paramedics as he approaches Gomez. Fairfax County Police officers arrive and render first aid to Gomez until rescue arrives a short time later. Gomez was pronounced dead at the hospital. The video above is a condensed version that depicts the most critical portions of the incident.

To see the hour-long version, please click here: https://youtu.be/xp1uyBk0CW4

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Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

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