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Family of Man Killed By Police Mourn Loss, Criticize Officers

By: Val Thompson Email
By: Val Thompson Email

June 11, 2013

The family of the man who was killed by Albemarle County Police in Afton on Saturday morning is opening up about his troubles with the law. They say Greg Rosson did not need to be shot.

"It's a nightmare that we wish we could wake up from," said Rosson's older sister, Lauren Moore.

Moore and Rosson's mother, Denise, spent Tuesday morning making funeral arrangements.

"It's not easy walking down an aisle looking at caskets and deciding which one you're going to put him in," said Denise Rosson.

Greg Rosson was shot by police Saturday morning at his girlfriend's home on Rockfish Gap Turnpike. Police and witnesses say Greg came to the house and started beating up his girlfriend, because they had just broken up.

Then the girlfriend called Greg's mother.

"The last thing she said to me on the phone was 'Greg, stop!' The next thing, the phone went dead," said Denise Rosson.

So Denise decided to call police, hoping they could calm the situation. She says she called them, "for help. Not for them to kill my child!"

Family members say Greg wasn't armed, because his only gun was back at home.

"I'm disgusted with Albemarle County Police Department," said Lauren Moore. "It's like they're shooting to kill, not shooting to help resolve the situation."

Rosson's girlfriend's mother, who spoke to the Newsplex with the agreement that her name and her daughter's name would not be released, says the police told her that they shot Greg because her daughter's life was in danger.

The woman's mother says, in general, she liked Greg and thinks he should not have been shot. She says she was inside the home sleeping when the police arrived, although she did hear gun shots.

Greg's family members are trying to remember happier times with him.

"We were very close," said Moore. "He's a great person. He loved to hunt and fish and hang out with his friends."

They say he suffered from multiple personality disorder, and that his girlfriend provoked it.

"She was the only one that brought out his other personality," said Moore.

"It should have ended a long time ago," said Denise Rosson, speaking of her son's relationship with his girlfriend. "Then nobody's family would be going through anything."

Rosson's family claims that he never hit his girlfriend before Saturday morning, and he was never violent with any family members.

"If I thought my brother was dangerous I would not leave my daughter in his care," said Moore.

"I know there's people out there that think he deserved what he got," said Denise Rosson. "But until you walk in my shoes, don't criticize."

Greg Rosson was arrested in December for allegedly fighting with police.

His family says he crashed his car into the Crozet Library in 2009, and the trauma from that accident worsened his mental illness.

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