- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Fairfax County police officer won’t face criminal charges for fatally shooting an unarmed, mentally ill man in November.

Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh ruled Wednesday that the officer thought 52-year-old David Alan Masters had struck another officer with his SUV and was reaching for a gun.

Authorities haven’t identified the 26-year-old officer, a six-year veteran.

Mr. Morrogh said nobody saw what happened except the officer, but he found no evidence of malicious intent or recklessness.

Police will now conduct an internal investigation. The officer is assigned to administrative duties.

Masters was suspected of stealing flowers from a business before the shooting. His ex-wife, Gail M. Masters, says she’s disappointed with Mr. Morrogh’s decision.

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