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Prosecutor Says He Was Blocked in Fairfax Co. Shooting Probe

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    Fairfax County's top prosecutor says the police department blocked him from obtaining critical information in connection to a deadly police shooting and now a U.S. Senator is asking questions about the case. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014)

    Fairfax County's top prosecutor says he was thwarted in his criminal investigation of a fatal shooting by a county police officer by the county's refusal to release records to him.

    Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh, in a letter to a U.S. senator made public Tuesday, said county attorneys refused to release internal affairs records of the officer who shot 46-year-old John Geer of Springfield in August 2013.

    The Geer shooting has attracted the attention of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and others because no decision has been made on whether to charge the officer nearly 18 months after the shooting.

    Morrogh said the refusal of the county attorney -- a separate office -- to cooperate forced him to refer the case to federal prosecutors.

    Geer's family has filed a civil lawsuit.