FALLS CHURCH, VA. (WUSA9) – The death of a 45-year-old group home patient, who died during a struggle with a police officer after he wandered off from a group home outing, has been ruled an accident, the Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh said Thursday.
Fairfax Police had ruled the death accidental in August.
In April, police said Paul Gianelos wandered away from his group during a visit to Round Tree Park in Falls Church. When the group leader realized Gianelos wandered away, they called 911.
According to police, two officers spotted Gianelos, but when they tried to get Gianelos in their vehicle, there was a struggle. He later died at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
The 45-year-old’s family says Gianelos was profoundly autistic and did not speak.
Friday, an autopsy report stated that his manner of death was an accident.