Deputy U.S. Marshal ‘Made a Choice’ to Kill Man in Fairfax-Area Alley: Prosecutor Tells Jury

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A deputy U.S. marshal charged in the 2008 off-duty slaying of a man who intervened in a fight between the lawman and his wife was chasing the man down a Fairfax-area alley when he fatally shot him, then later lied about what happened during interviews, a federal prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday.

During opening statements in the trial, Asst. U.S. Atty. Margaret Carter said Matthew Itkowitz identified himself as a law enforcement officer during a fight with the 26-year-old man before shooting him.

Carter showed jurors a video recording of the shooting in which Itkowitz can be seen removing a gun from the waist of his pants and holding it behind his right leg as Ryan Gonzalez walks away from the fight.

In the video, recorded by a wall-mounted security camera in the alley, Gonzalez turns back toward Itkowitz and motions for him to leave when Itkowotz shoots him. Gonzalez was shot five times, including twice in his back as he ran away from Itkowitz, Carter said.

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