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A Suspect is Allegedly Fatally Shot by Police Officers in Fort Worth, Texas

Friday, February 16th, 2018

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On Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2018, an alleged armed suspect was allegedly fatally shot by Fort Worth, Texas, police officers during a traffic stop. According to Chris Bitt, Fort Worth Police Sergeant, the deadly shooting occurred in the Presidio Junction Shopping Center on North Tarrant Parkway at about 3 p.m. Prior to the traffic stop, police were called to a business on Fossil Bluff Drive with regard to a domestic dispute. Britt said an ex-boyfriend of one of the employees had a weapon and threatened her with it.

When police arrived on the scene, they were able to identify the suspect, a white adult male, who drove off in a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. Police officers followed him in pursuit. The suspect turned in a shopping center parking lot, got out of his vehicle, and started to walk toward the four police officers who wanted to engage in conversation with him, Britt said. The suspect was commanded by the officers to stop, but the man, who had displayed a handgun, continued to walk toward the officers. Britt said officers opened fire and struck the suspect at a point when they feared for their lives.

The officers began first aid on the suspect, and he was transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital. An 18-year-old witness at a nearby drive-through restaurant said that she saw the alleged fatal police shooting incident unfold. She said it was frightening, especially because it felt that she was the only other person at the scene. She said it appeared the suspect refused to obey police commands. She also said that she saw the suspect walk very fast toward the officers and pull out his handgun.

All of the police officers were wearing body cameras, but it has not been verified whether any video footage captured the alleged shooting incident. The four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The shooting is under investigation by the Major Case unit at the Fort Worth Police Department. The Texas Rangers will also conduct an investigation, which is also routine procedure after alleged fatal police shootings.

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Amarillo, Texas, Police Allegedly Shoot a Man Who Disarmed a Suspect in a Hostage Situation

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, officers with the Amarillo Police Department received an emergency call that approximately 100 people were being held at a local church in a hostage situation. When the officers entered the chapel, they opened fire at a man seen holding a gun. It turned out, however, that the man with the gun had just disarmed the suspect. The man who was allegedly shot was identified as a bystander who took away the suspect’s firearm. The injured man was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance. According to police, the man’s injuries are not life-threatening. The 35-year-old suspect was taken into custody. No one else at the scene was hurt.

It is standard procedure that when an officer fires a weapon, the officer is placed in an administrative capacity while an investigation into the incident is conducted. The actions of police officers are evaluated. Sometimes, it is determined that an officer acted outside the realm of proper procedure. Not only do officers sometimes lose their jobs in such instances but sometimes they are charged with crimes.

An example of a controversial shooting occurred on July 23, 2017, in Southaven, Mississippi. Police officers went to the wrong address as they were searching for a suspect in an assault case. A man who lived at the wrong address ended up allegedly being fatally shot in the back of the head by police as the officers tried to gain entrance. The incident stirred a great deal of public outrage. As the family has continued to seek answers, the latest news came out in December 2017, only to say that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is still ongoing. The names of the officers involved were never released to the public.

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Video and Audio Footage of the Alleged Police-Involved Fatal Shooting of Dewboy Lister is Released on Social Media

Monday, February 5th, 2018

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On October 19, 2017, there was an alleged officer-involved shooting in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Hillcrest Neighborhood. A police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department allegedly fired a single shot, after being in pursuit of 55-year-old Dewboy Lister and subsequently wrestling the refinery worker to the ground. Body camera footage was released on February 2, 2018, which captured footage of the traffic stop and pursuit that just preceded the alleged officer-involved shooting that resulted in Lister’s death.

The video footage shows that an officer pulled Lister over at the intersection of Port Avenue and Winnebago Street. The officer allegedly observed that Lister was taking up two lanes with his vehicle and had a burned out license plate light. The body camera footage shows that Lister said he did not want to answer any further questions. The officer starting patting Lister down, repeating the reason he was pulled over.

Next, a struggle between Lister and the Corpus Christi officer ensued. The officer allegedly used an electronic weapon, which didn’t seem to have an effect. Lister returned to his vehicle and drove off. The officer followed in pursuit in his vehicle.

On Minton Street, Lister began running on foot, and the officer followed on foot, in pursuit. There was allegedly another struggle between the two. During the struggle, the radio and body camera on the officer became dislodged. However, audio continued. The officer warned Lister that he would be shot if he did not comply. Lister is heard shouting to gain the attention of other officers. On the audio, a single gunshot is heard. At that point, the officer who was struggling with Lister called the other officers over.

Another officer at the scene reported that he observed the officer involved in the alleged fatal police shooting. The officer’s hair and uniform were said to be in a state of disarray and his body camera, flashlight, and mobile radio were all on the ground.

Officers immediately provided medical assistance to Lister, and he was quickly transported to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline. Within a few hours, on October 20, Lister died.

The October 19 incident was investigated by the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and the grand jury declined to indict the officer allegedly involved in the shooting.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle made a short statement in the video before the footage is shown. Among other things, he said the Texas Attorney General’s Office allowed the video footage to be released this week.

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A Second Person in Four Days is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a San Antonio, Texas, Police Officer

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

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In the second alleged fatal police shooting in San Antonio, Texas, within four days, 43-year-old Kirsten Kloppe was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer with the San Antonio Police Department on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Kloppe had a history of mental illness, according to William McManus, San Antonio Police Chief. Police officers went to her home on Saturday afternoon to do a welfare check. Initially, however, Kloppe contacted police, saying she was being stalked. When officers went to her home, they discovered that Kloppe was in her bedroom. The door was locked, but they made entry and found that she was holding a Glock pistol. Kloppe raised the gun to her head, according to McManus, after which there was a struggle with her and police officers. McManus said during the altercation, Kloppe’s handgun was beginning to work up toward an officer’s head, at which time she was allegedly shot in the abdomen. The officer who allegedly pulled the trigger has not been identified, other than to say that she has been with the police force for six years.

The officer who allegedly shot Kloppe is now on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident is conducted by the Texas Rangers.

The other alleged fatal police shooting in San Antonio in the past week was on Thursday, January 25, on Northwest Loop 410. An unidentified suspect in an alleged BMX bike theft allegedly cut a police officer on the hand and was then allegedly fatally shot by another officer at the scene.

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An Alleged Bicycle Thief is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a Peace Officer in San Antonio, Texas

Monday, January 29th, 2018

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On Thursday night, January 25, 2018, after an alleged bicycle theft in San Antonio, Texas, one police officer was injured and a man in his 20s was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer with the city. The man killed was a suspect who allegedly fled from a Target store on a stolen bicycle. The San Antonio Police Department was called regarding a robbery in progress. At about 6:30 p.m., a man evaded security, took off on a stolen BMX bicycle, and was riding on the Northwest Loop 410 highway. Three police cruisers went in pursuit of the alleged bike thief, according to Police Chief William McManus. After a police car blocked the man on the bike, the young man pulled a knife and allegedly cut a police officer on the left hand. McManus said the knife the suspect pulled was large enough to kill a person. Then a second police officer opened fire and allegedly struck the suspect in the abdomen. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer went to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The alleged officer-involved shooting occurred following the alleged robbery at the Target near North Star Mall located at Rector Drive and Northwest Loop 410.

It’s standard procedure in Texas for officers involved in an alleged police shooting to be placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated. The Texas Rangers conduct investigations into all police shootings. Among the matters to be determined is whether officers who pull the trigger use excessive force.

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A 2nd Alleged Fatal Police Shooting in Two Weeks Occurs in North Texas on January 22, 2018

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

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Early today, January 22, 2018, a man was killed in Irving, Texas, in an alleged police shooting. The shooting victim has not yet been identified. According to the Irving Police Department, at about 1:00 a.m., officers were called to an apartment complex regarding a man seen breaking into an automobile. When officers arrived at the scene, in the 3200 block of Finley Road, the suspect allegedly got into a pickup truck and used it to ram several vehicles, including a police car, while trying to flee the scene. According to Officer James McLellan, in a press release, one of the police officers feared for his life and discharged his duty weapon, allegedly striking the suspect one or more times. The man was quickly transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, where he was later pronounced dead. Relatives need to be notified before the name of the suspect is released.

This is the second alleged fatal police shooting in North Texas in two weeks. On Tuesday, January 16, officers with the Bedford Police Department responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in a grocery store parking lot. The suspect drove off when police arrived, but the officers went in pursuit. The vehicle was located on Hurst Drive. Officers said the suspect was allegedly reaching for a weapon as they were attempting to establish communication with him, and one officer allegedly shot the suspect, who died at the scene.

The Texas Rangers are investigating both of these deadly alleged police shootings. The shooter’s actions will be scrutinized, to try to determine whether or not excessive force was used, in which case there could be criminal charges and/or disciplinary actions.

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A Military Veteran with a History of Mental Illness is Allegedly Shot by a Deputy in Harrison County, Texas

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

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Northeast of Longview, Texas, in Harrison County, deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for a welfare check on Curtis Black Road on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Police went to the address to check on 61-year-old Arther McAfee Jr., an African American military veteran who reportedly has a history of mental illness. One of Mr. McAfee’s sisters, Maxine McAfee, let a deputy into her brother’s home. She said that when her brother came out of his bedroom, he was being combative but did not have a weapon. After a struggle ensued, the Harrison County deputy allegedly shot Mr. McAfee in the chest with a handgun. Sources say Mr. McAfee’s family got word from the sheriff’s office that afternoon that he had died at a medical center in Longview.

Ms. McAfee provided more details about the alleged fatal police shooting. She lives next door to her brother, and family members said they had asked for a welfare check because he had been keeping to himself too much. She said that last summer was another time they called 9-1-1 about Mr. McAfee. On that occasion, a paramedic and two deputies managed to secure him and transport him to the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center for a psychological exam, at which time he was admitted.

But on Saturday, only the one deputy reportedly went into the house. After Mr. McAfee exited the bedroom and struggled, the deputy allegedly got him to the floor and used an electronic weapon on him. The deputy then instructed him to turn over onto his stomach, so that he could be handcuffed. The deputy then allegedly shot Mr. McAfee in the chest two times.

An investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Texas Rangers. There was no mention as to whether the deputy involved in the alleged police shooting was wearing a body cam, to potentially provide evidence of exactly what happened.

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A $5.5 Million Settlement is Reached Between Pittsburgh and Leon Ford Jr, the Alleged Victim of a Police Shooting

Friday, January 19th, 2018

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A settlement has finally been reached regarding the alleged police shooting of Leon Ford Jr., a young black man, on November 11, 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A Caucasian police officer allegedly shot Ford during a traffic stop, causing Ford to become paralyzed from the waist down. The alleged racially motivated police shooting prompted demonstrations and resulted in polarization within the community. Ford’s shooting has frequently been a main topic of public meetings between residents and police officials. The settlement amount between the City of Pittsburgh and Ford is $5.5 million to be paid over a three-year period.

Ford has persisted in his claim that police officers had no reason to stop him in his vehicle, and the three officers allegedly used excessive force.

According to police, Ford refused to get out of his vehicle, as instructed. At one point, Ford allegedly attempted to pull away from an officer while partially in the vehicle. On the passenger side, an officer believed Ford may have been reaching for a gun and he allegedly shot Ford four times. That officer also claimed that Ford struck him several times during a struggle.

There have been various trials related to this incident. The officer who allegedly fired the shots is still with the Pittsburgh Police Department, according to the latest accounts.

Investigations are done by Texas Rangers whenever police officers in the state are accused of using excessive force. When officers are found to have acted with excessive force, there are various potential outcomes. Sometimes the officer may face discipline but retain his or her job. There have been times when a police officer faced criminal charges for using excessive force, whether on duty or off-duty.

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The Texas Rangers are Investigating an Alleged Fatal Police Shooting by a Bedford, Texas, Police Officer

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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In Bedford, Texas, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, a suspect was allegedly fatally shot by a police officer. According to the Bedford Police Department, the suspect, who has not yet been identified, appeared to be reaching for a weapon when the alleged officer-involved shooting occurred. No police officers were injured. The Texas Rangers will be investigating the alleged deadly police shooting that occurred between Dallas and Fort Worth in Bedford.

At about 4:30 a.m., police officers responded to a call about a suspicious automobile in the parking lot of a grocery store. When officers arrived at the address on Airport Freeway, the suspect drove away. Police pursued and located the vehicle on Hurst Drive. According to police Lt. Kirk Roberts, the suspect allegedly reached for a weapon as the officers were attempting to make contact. One police officer fired his weapon, allegedly striking the suspect.

After the alleged fatal police shooting, police officers immediately administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but they were unable to revive the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other details have been released, including the name of the officer involved. There was also no mention of whether or not body cameras were on officers at the time of the alleged shooting.

During the investigation of this tragic incident, the actions of the alleged shooter will be examined. There have been times when officers have been found to have acted with excessive force, and sometimes they are charged with a crime. In recent news, for instance, an officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the alleged March 26, 2016, fatal shooting of a 16-year-old.

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A $22.4 Million Jury Verdict Against the Sheriff’s Office in the Alleged Shooting of Dontrell Stephens is Thrown Out by an Appeals Court

Friday, January 12th, 2018

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In 2013, a deputy with the Palm Beach County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office allegedly shot Dontrell Stephens after instructing him to dismount from his bicycle. Stephens was paralyzed from the waist down by the alleged four shots fired into his back at close range. The case went to trial in 2016, and a federal jury ruled that the deputy had used excessive, unreasonable force when he allegedly fired those shots at Stephens. A dash cam video captured the incident, which seemingly shows Stephens being shot at the moment he got off of his bicycle. The deputy claims that Stephens was holding a dark object, and he thought it was a gun. The federal jury ruled in favor of Stephens, awarding him $22.4 million. The appellate ruling which overturned the jury verdict was based on what the judges said were incorrect jury instructions. Those errant instructions denied the deputy the opportunity to defend himself against charges of using excessive force.

The issue the jury was ruling on was very narrow, that being whether the deputy used excessive force in the alleged police shooting against Stephens. When the cyclist dismounted his bicycle, he walked backward toward the officer, according to the deputy. In a new trial, the deputy and the sheriff’s department will again face the task of justifying shooting an unarmed man in the back.

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