Family in the dark: Police still mum on who shot Greg Rosson
July 8 was the one-month anniversary of Gregory Rosson's death. His family visited his grave, their tears mixing with the rain that was falling. "It still feels like it just happened," says a family member.
More than five weeks after the 21-year-old's June 8 death, police still have not identified the officer who fired the fatal shot at Rosson, and his family tells the Hook they don't understand why.
"The investigation is still ongoing, and it's a State Police investigation," says Albemarle police spokesperson Carter Johnson.
"The investigation remains ongoing," echoes Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.
Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford, who will determine whether charges will be filed, did not return a phone call from the Hook.
County police received a 911 call of a domestic abuse situation 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 Rosson assaulting a woman, and when Rosson ran toward him, fired.
It was Rosson's mother, Denise Moore Rosson, who had called police for help, says a family member, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. "She wanted help for both of them," says the relative.
She was worried because of Rosson's tumultuous relationship with the former girlfriend, and because her son had been diagnosed with dissociative personality disorder following an altercation with police in December at a Greenwood gas station, according to the unnamed relative. Rosson had been scheduled to appear in court June 11 on charges of assaulting an officer and disarming an officer of a stun gun.
"No I haven't heard anything, and no I'm not satisfied with any of it because my child is dead," says Denise Rosson in response to a Facebook message from the Hook.
Rosson's was the fourth police-involved shooting in the past six months, and the third involving an Albemarle police officer.