A dashboard video released showed national park police in Virginia firing their weapons up to nine times at a car they had stopped after a four-minute, stop-and-go chase, killing an apparently unarmed motorist, Jan.24, 2018. Pixabay

Dashcam footage released Wednesday by the Fairfax County Police Department showed the moment when a Virginia man was shot by the U.S. Park Police officers, who fired at least nine shots at a Jeep, killing the driver. The incident took place on Nov.17, 2017.

Investigators said that Bijan Ghaisar, 25, an accountant from McLean, tried to escape from the police on Nov.17 after being reportedly involved in a hit-and-run on the George Washington Parkway. Ghaisar succumbed to his injuries and died on Nov.27, ten days after the shooting.

His family said he was shot four times in the head and one time in the wrist. Two U.S. Park Police officers were said to be involved in the shooting following the vehicle pursuit. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it was investigating the incident.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said that the police department decided to release the video in an effort to maintain transparency in the investigation.

"As a matter of transparency to all in our community, especially the Ghaisar family, and as the administrative custodian of the video, I am releasing the in-car video of the U.S. Park Police shooting," Chief Roessler said.

"The video does not provide all the answers. However, we should all have confidence in the FBI’s investigation of this matter as I know it will be thorough, objective and professional," he added.

The four-and-a-half-minute dashcam video documenting the police chase and the shooting, showed a Jeep driven by Ghaisar stopping twice during the pursuit. In both the instances, when Park Police officers approached the vehicle with their weapons drawn, Ghaisar drove off.

Eventually, the pursuit ended at the intersection of Alexandria Avenue and Fort Hunt Road in Fairfax County during the third stop when the officers once again approached the driver’s side window of the vehicle with their guns drawn. In the footage, it appeared that Ghaisar tried to drive off again, however, the police fired shots at the car, before it finally halted against a stop sign.

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Dashcam video released by the Fairfax County Police Department shows the moments when U.S. Park Police officers fired at least nine shots into an Jeep, killing an unarmed man, Jan.24, 2018. Getty Images

Ghaisar's family released a statement through their attorneys Roy Austin and Thomas Connolly.

"No one was even close to being in harm’s way until a pair of U.S. Park Police officers repeatedly shot Bijan at close range as he sat, unarmed, in his Jeep on a residential street," the statement said.

"The family is grateful to Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler for all he has done to ensure the appropriate amount of transparency throughout this process," it added.

They also went on to say that the dashcam video shows "the senseless killing of a young man at the hands of those charged with protecting public safety."