Shooting of Bijan Ghaisar

On November 17, 2017, Bijan C. Ghaisar, a 25-year-old American, was fatally shot by US Park Police officers Lucas Vinyard and Alejandro Amaya[1][2] after a vehicular chase that followed a traffic collision along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Northern Virginia. Ghaisar was unarmed and died ten days later in a hospital. A video of the shooting was released by Fairfax County Police, who had assisted with the chase.[3]

Killing of Bijan Ghaisar
Date November 17, 2017
Location George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, Virginia, and Fairfax County, Virginia
Filmed by Fairfax Police
Participants US Park Police Officers Alejandro Amaya & Lucas Vinyard, Fairfax County Police, Bijan Ghaisar
Deaths Bijan Ghaisar

The incident was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In December 2019 Fairfax County prosecutors announced that they would seek an indictment for the killing that occurred in their jurisdiction but the assumption of a new prosecutor to that office resulted in further review.[4][5][6] In October 2020, Vinyard and Amaya were charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of reckless discharge of a firearm.[7] In court filings, they stated they acted in self defense.[8][9]

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  • Bijan C. Ghaisar was born at Inova Fairfax Hospital in 1992 to Iranian immigrants.[10] After graduating from Langley High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, he worked for his father’s accounting firm in Tysons Corner, Virginia. He was single with no children and had no criminal record.[11] He had attended a Buddhist temple and made a Facebook post opposing guns.[10]
  • Alejandro Amaya is a US Park Police officer.
  • Lucas Vinyard is a US Park Police officer.
Site of the shooting, seen in May 2020; the wooden signboard on the left corner formerly held signage memorializing Ghaisar

Ghaisar was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee southbound along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria City to his parents’ house for dinner. When he suddenly stopped in traffic he was rear-ended by an Uber driver in a Toyota Corolla with a female passenger in the back seat. The driver and the passenger both reported the incident to 911.[11] According to a report of the accident, Ghaisar pulled away without giving his information to the Uber driver, an action that would have been a misdemeanor.[11] A lookout for his vehicle was announced and a Park Police car followed in pursuit with Fairfax County Police assisting. The Park Police pulled Ghaisar over with Ghaisar stopping his vehicle. He was approached on foot by a Park Police officer with his gun drawn.[11] As Ghaisar drove off the officer banged on the car with the butt of his gun, dropping his weapon.[12] The pursuit continued at 57 miles per hour.[11]

Ghaisar was stopped a third time in the Fort Hunt area.[13] Park Police parked a vehicle in front of Ghaisar’s Jeep to prevent him from fleeing again. As his vehicle slowly rolled away a few feet, Park Police fired ten shots in three different bursts.[11] It was initially reported that there were nine shots fired, but after almost two years the FBI clarified that there were 10 shots. All four fatal shots were fired by the officer who was driving during the pursuit.[9]

Following the shooting, Bijan Ghaisar was hospitalized for ten days in intensive care and he died ten hours after he was taken off a respirator on November 27, 2017.[3][11][14]

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