John Geer death: Friends, family question investigation

(WJLA) - Almost six months after a Fairfax County man was shot and killed by police during a standoff, there’s still no progress on the investigation into what happened.

Friends and family of 46-year-old John Geer have been trying for months to get information about why Geer was shot during the standoff and now his best friend is speaking out about the lack of progress in the investigation.

Jeff Stewart knew Geer for 25 years and had plans to go golfing with him the day the standoff happened, Aug. 29, 2013. Geer and his common law wife Maura had been having problems and that morning Maura said she was leaving him.

Geer grew angry and Maura called police, leading to the standoff. Over the course of 20 to 30 minutes, Stewart says Geer acknowleged to police he had been drinking and that he did have a gun in the home, but not on him. At one point an officer shot Geer, who later died inside the home.

“I don’t understand the process taking place at this point. I don’t understand why the family, most of all, can’t get answers to what happened, to what was said, to why this officer did what he did.”

In response to the story, a Fairfax Police spokesperson said, “It would be inappropriate for our agency to comment or answer specific questions pertaining to this matter at this time. It is being fully investigated and it is an extensive, comprehensive process.”