Police know who killed 21-year-old Greg Rosson, inset, in this Rockfish Gap Turnpike yard June 8, but two weeks later, they're still not saying.
Josue Salinas Valdez, 38, was shot in front of his home May 26 by an Albemarle cop. A month later, no charges have been filed.
photo by Lisa Provence
Within two weeks, Albemarle police officers shot people in two separate incidents, one of which was fatal. The details of the Birdwood Court and Afton Mountain shootings are still under wraps.
More than two weeks after 21-year-old Gregory Allen Rosson, Jr. was gunned down June 8 on Afton Mountain, the identity of the Albemarle police officer who fatally fired upon him is still a secret. Both Virginia State Police, which is investigating the slaying, and the Albemarle County Police Department refuse to identify the police officer.
"As is consistent with our policy, the Virginia State Police does not release the law enforcement officer’s name," says state police spokesperson Corinne Geller. "Such information is released by the employing agency."
"We are not releasing the officer's name at this time," says Albemarle police spokesperson Carter Johnson.
What is known about the slaying is that Albemarle police received a 911 call about a domestic dispute at 2:16am June 8 in the 9000 block of Rockfish Gap Turnpike, according to a state police press release. The responding officer allegedly saw a woman being assaulted, and when Rosson ran toward him, the officer fired his weapon.
Rosson, who had been in trouble with police in December when he picked up multiple charges for allegedly assaulting police at the Supertest gas station in Greenwood, had recently been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, says his sister. He was killed just days before his scheduled June 11 court date.
"The investigation remains ongoing at this time, and we have no additional information to release," said Geller on June 21. "Once the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office has completed its investigation into the shooting, the findings will be turned over to the commonwealth’s attorney for final review and adjudication."
Charlottesville police still are investigating the May 26 Birdwood Court shooting, and unlike their counterparts in Albemarle and in the state police, have released the name of the county police officer who wounded a man in a city neighborhood.
Officers William Underwood and James Herring were investigating a felony hit-and-run at 105 Birdwood Court when "a struggle ensued," according to a May 30 release. Underwood— who just a week earlier had received Albemarle police's valor award, the department's highest honor— fired and shot Josue Salinas Valdez, 38, who was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Since then, nada. City police spokesperson Ronnie Roberts told the Hook on June 13 that investigators were waiting on results from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.
By June 21, no charges had been filed, and the commonwealth's attorney will determine whether the shooting is justified after all the facts have been gathered, says Roberts.
As for why gunfire erupted a month ago on a quiet Sunday evening in a kid-filled neighborhood, says Roberts, "The case is still being investigated, and with it being an ongoing investigation, it would be inappropriate to discuss."