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Affidavit: Poor lighting led to officers shooting homeowner at wrong house

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It's been almost two months since Fort Worth police responding to a burglary alarm shot and killed a homeowner in his own garage, and still the case is under investigation.

In a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday, police said they were responding to a burglary alarm on Havenwood Lane on May 28. They went to the wrong address because of poor lighting.

They were searching the outside of a home with their flashlights when they saw 72-year-old Jerry Waller holding a handgun. Police said he pointed the weapon at officers and did not lower it when asked. The officers shot him six times.

Fort Worth police are still investigating the case. The affidavit states they took Waller's body, a lapel microphone, spent shell casings and projectiles and Waller's handgun as evidence.

Waller's family has asked for an independent investigation of what happened. They've criticized the police account.

"We were disturbed by suggestions that the police may have felt threatened by a man in his own garage faced with unknown trespassers holding flashlights," Angie Waller, daughter of the slain man.

"Jerry would never raise a gun to another human being unless someone was coming in the house," said his brother Johnny. "Just doesn't add up to me I have no idea why a man, an officer could shoot a man down in his garage."

The burglary alarm that prompted the police response was determined to be a false alarm.

The two officers involved were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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