FAIRFAX, Va. — A former Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man as he stood just inside his front door with his hands up in 2013 was indicted Monday on a second-degree murder charge, authorities said Monday.

A special grand jury convened by Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh returned the indictment against Adam Torres, 32, in the shooting death of John Geer of Springfield, northern Virginia.

Torres fatally shot Geer, 46, in August 2013 after a report of a domestic dispute. Witnesses, including other officers, said Geer was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot.

Michael Lieberman, an attorney for Geer’s family, said the indictment is “a substantial step toward justice for John Geer. A Fairfax County jury will now be able to determine what’s fair and just, which is all the family wanted.”

Lieberman said he considered the charge appropriate for what he called an intentional shooting.

In April, Fairfax County agreed to pay nearly $3 million to Geer’s two daughters to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.


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