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Justice Dept. says Fairfax Co. 'withheld information' on fatal shooting by police officer


FAIRFAX, Virginia — The Justice Department says Fairfax County withheld information sought by federal prosecutors in their criminal investigation of a fatal shooting by a county police officer.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the Justice Department last month to explain why the investigation into the August 2013 shooting of 46-year-old John Geer of Springfield is taking so long.

In a response released Thursday by Grassley's office, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said part of the delay is that the Justice Department had to sue to obtain material for its investigation from Fairfax County.

County spokesman Tony Castrilli said Thursday that all information sought from the county police department has now been provided.

Witnesses say Geer was unarmed when shot by an officer responding to a call for a domestic dispute.

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