Judge blocks release of name of police officer involved in Herndon shooting

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A federal judge has blocked the release of the name of a Fairfax County police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting in Herndon January 16.

Fairfax County Chief of Police Edwin Roessler Jr. had been assessing whether releasing the officer’s name would create a threat to that officer or the officer’s family.  During that process the officer went to court to prevent release of that information, claiming the officer and his family would be in danger if the name became public.

Tuesday afternoon Judge T.S. Ellis issued a temporary restraining order barring the release of the officer’s name.  A hearing on whether that temporary order should be made more permanent has been scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Chief Roessler says his department’s assessment will continue. “The risk assessment process has not been finalized.  Since the risk assessment process is not complete, I have not made a decision regarding the name release. This process exists to determine if there is any credible threat against the officer. I will carefully monitor and follow any and all legal decisions in this matter.”

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