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No Charges In Alb. Co. Officer-Involved Shooting, Family 'Disgusted'

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email
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August 23, 2013

The Commonwealth's Attorney released a detailed document describing the events leading up to Officer James Larkin's gunshots that killed 21-year-old Greg Rosson in June.

On June 8, Officer James Larkin responded to call for a domestic situation at a home on Rockfish Valley Turnpike. Finding out the officer that killed her brother will not be charged, brought on even more emotions than not having Greg around anymore.

"They say time heals all but time's not gonna heal this," said Lauren Moore, Rosson's older sister,

Since the night of June 8th, it hasn't gotten any easier for the family.

"How do you bury your 21-year-old brother, how does my mom bury her baby," Moore said.

On Friday the Commonwealth's Attorney announced that Officer James Larkin will not face any charges for killing Rosson because he acted in self-defense.

"I determined that the officer should not be charged with an offense in this case because the officer reasonably feared for his life and would've feared for that of the woman on scene," Denise Lunsford said. "In those cases was entitled to use self defense."

Moore admits her brother was a big guy and had a temper but says she doesn't understand how firing six shots is acceptable.

"The cop is in the wrong. How would he feel if someone did that to his daughter, his son, his grandchild," she said.

Moore says her 5-year-old daughter Cayliegh, Greg's niece, is too young to understand a lot of this but hopes it doesn't affect her as she gets older and might need police one day.

"What if she needs help from Albemarle County, she's not gonna go for it. She's gonna be scared to go for help because they murdered her uncle."

Moore says her brother never laid a hand on anyone including his girlfriend but that their relationship was toxic.

"She's played a big part in all of this and she looks like she's the innocent when she's not. I was scared for him because I figured something like this would happen to him."

No charges is not what Greg's family wanted to hear.

"I promised him I would get him justice and if it takes everything i've got I'm going to. I'm going to."

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When Larkin arrived, he found Rosson assaulting a woman behind an SUV, the document states.

According to the official report, Larkin saw Rosson restraining the woman from behind with his arm in a chokehold. Larkin identified himself as an Albemarle County Police Officer and command Rosson to stop and stay were he was.

Rosson continued to punch the woman several more times before he got up and charged at Officer Larkin.

Larkin fired his weapon, aiming high to avoid hitting the woman on the ground. The officer continued to fire until Rosson fell down.

Rosson died at the scene.

An examination would reveal the woman had abrasions, scrapes, and lacerations on her abdomen and back and scrapes bleeding, and bruises to her arms and legs.

An autopsy revealed Rosson had five gunshot wounds to the chest, and one to the neck. His blood alcohol content was .17 to .18 at the time of his death.

Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford says in her report that no charges will be filed.

"As a result of the foregoing facts, investigation, and analysis, it is my determination that no charges be brought against Officer Larkin."

The full report is attached to this article.


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