Former Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate dies

Matt Geary
Matt Geary

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Matt Geary, who previously ran as the GOP nominee for Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney, was found dead Sunday afternoon, according to Henrico Police.

Officials tell us the call came in just after 1:00 p.m. for a report of a male with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Rescue crews were dispatched to the 2200 block of Lauderdale drive, where Geary was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death, but detectives are conducting this investigation as an apparent suicide.

Bill Janis spoke to NBC12's Andy Jenks over the phone, expressing shock and sadness at the news of Geary's death.

"How very sad for his kids. I pray that our loving God grant them peace and consolation," Janis said.

Tom Shaia worked on Geary's campaign and shared his reaction to the news in an e-mailed statement that reads:

"I had the honor of working with Matt Geary on his campaign, but more importantly, I worked with him long before that, and counted him as a friend.  I knew Matt when he was no more than a bailiff in the City of Richmond, prior to going to law school, and was able to watch and work with him throughout his career.  He was a good man, a good lawyer, and more importantly, a good prosecutor.  This tragedy is a loss to his family, the legal profession and to prosecution in general. 
When he first started as a prosecutor, Matt Geary and Michael Herring, the Commonwealth's Attorney in the City of Richmond, handled some of the worst murders in the history of the City of Richmond. They handled those cases well and with great professionalism.  They brought the murderers to justice and that was merely at the beginning of his prosecution career.  He continued onward with strength and conviction, and with a good sense of fairness.
I am sadden[ed] by this loss to all of us, but most especially to the one thing that was most important in Matt's life, his family."

Shannon Taylor also issued a statement on her website, saying:  "I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy to Matt's wife Tabitha and his children and family I've known Matt since our days in law school and he was a colleague and a friend whom I held in both high personal and professional regard. Matt was an effective prosecutor who served the public with commitment and dedication. The respect in which he was held by law enforcement is something that any prosecutor would wish to achieve. He will be missed.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family and I pray they find comfort in his memory."

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