When Adam Torres was 11, he moved to Fairfax County with his parents and younger sister. The family bought a house in 1994 in Springfield, Va., where Torres grew up and where his parents still live. It is about 1.5 miles from the townhouse where, as a county police officer, Torres fatally shot John Geer as the 46-year-old man stood in his own doorway during a standoff with police on Aug. 29, 2013.
Torres has not spoken publicly about the incident, but he was fired July 31 after nine years on the police force. On Monday, he was indicted by a grand jury on murder charges and arrested.
The former officer is being held in the Fairfax jail without bond, pending an arraignment Wednesday morning. He is married and has two daughters, ages 6 and 4, and last year moved his family to the Culpeper area, where his wife has said online that they hope to raise chickens.
Torres, 32, was born in Germany, court records show, and other online records show that the family moved around in his early years, with his father, Donald Torres, apparently in the military. The family settled in Springfield in August 1994, and Torres attended sixth grade at Newington Forest Elementary School, Fairfax school records show. Beginning in seventh grade, he entered Hayfield Secondary School, from which he graduated in June 2001.
Torres and his attorney have not responded to messages seeking comment.
Torres enrolled at George Mason University and earned a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice in January 2006, school records indicate. He entered the Fairfax County police academy that month, police records show. He graduated from the academy in August 2006 and became a patrol officer in the West Springfield district.
In 2008, Torres married Danielle C. Vercueil, court records show, and the couple moved to an apartment in Prince William County. In 2012, they moved to a new townhouse in Manassas City.
Torres had no significant conduct incidents in his first seven years on the job, Fairfax lawyers have said. But in March 2013, Torres created an incident at the Fairfax County courthouse that reverberated to the highest levels of the police department. He erupted at an assistant county prosecutor outside traffic court, saying “that prosecutors suck and West Springfield sucks and he can’t wait to leave the job,” the prosecutor, former deputy police chief Chuck Peters, wrote in an e-mail to his boss. The officer yelled so loudly that other officers came to Peters’s aid while Torres stormed out of the courthouse.
The police launched an internal affairs investigation of Torres. The results of that investigation have not been made public, but Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh later sought to obtain them from the police department and was denied by Chief Edwin C. Roessler, causing Morrogh to send the Geer case to the Justice Department.
On the afternoon of Aug. 29, 2013, Torres was repeatedly texting and speaking on the phone with his wife while he was on patrol duty, police records show. Between 11:26 a.m. and 2:40 p.m., they exchanged more than 30 e-mails and texts, and had a 16-minute phone call that ended only after Torres arrived at Geer’s house in Springfield. Torres indicated that he did not see the dispatch information about Geer, and both he and his wife told detectives that the call was a tense one about family finances and raising their children.
“I just had an argument with the wife on the way to the call,” Adam Torres told detectives. They asked Torres whether he shot Geer because he was angry at his wife. “No,” Torres said. “Not at all.”
In 2014, while Torres was on administrative duty, he and his wife sold their townhouse and moved to Culpeper. “My family needs prayers today,” Danielle Torres posted Tuesday on Facebook. “Court came back and the outcome is not what we expected.”