Fairfax County’s police chief said yesterday that one of his officers accidentally shot and killed an optometrist outside the unarmed man’s townhouse Tuesday night as an undercover detective was about to arrest him on suspicion of gambling on sports.
Police had been secretly making bets with Salvatore J. Culosi Jr., 37, since October as part of a gambling investigation, according to court records. They planned to search his home in the Fair Oaks area, just off Lee Highway, shortly after 9:30 p.m.
Culosi came out of his townhouse on Cavalier Landing Court about 9:35 p.m. and was standing next to the detective’s sport-utility vehicle, police said, when the detective gave a signal to tactical officers assembled nearby to move in and arrest Culosi.
“As they approached him…one officer’s weapon, a handgun, was unintentionally discharged,” said Fairfax Police Chief David M. Rohrer…
Culosi was not making any threatening moves when he was shot once in the upper part of his body, police said. He was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was pronounced dead…
Perez said Culosi had not displayed a weapon or shown any violent tendencies while he was being investigated by Baucom. But Perez said police had to be prepared for any possibility, because “the unexpected can occur.”
Let me get this straight. They sent in a SWAT team with guns drawn to arrest an optometrist who had been gambling with his own money? For the “crime” of placing bets with people he thought were his friends. The “unexpected” that occured in this case is that the police ended the life of a man who had nothing whatsoever to hurt anyone else. Is there any form of life lower than a vice cop? Their only job is to make sure no one is actually having fun and enjoying their freedom as an adult in ways others don’t approve of.