Unarmed Iranian man shot by US police dies

IRNA – US Park Police has shot dead an Iranian national after a short chase into Fairfax County, Virginia on Nov. 17, it was reported on Wednesday.

The man died Monday (Nov 27) night after 10 days on life support, and the man’s family said he was unarmed when he was shot.

Bijan C. Ghaisar was an accountant for his father’s firm.

US park police said they pursued his Jeep sport-utility vehicle on the evening of Nov. 17 because it had been involved in a hit-and-run accident on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria, Va., and the pursuit ended in the Fort Hunt area of Fairfax County.

Ghaisar’s family said in a statement released to The Washington Post that Ghaisar was shot three times in the head and suffered irreversible brain damage.

Ghaisar’s family said he had no weapons in his vehicle. “The reason for the murder of our son has yet to be determined,” the family said, “though no reasoning could possibly justify the actions of the one or more Park Police officers involved in this unthinkable act.”

The family’s statement said that Ghaisar, “a first-generation, American-born citizen of Iranian heritage, was peaceful and avidly anti-violence. He was unarmed. He presented no threat to anyone.”