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Officer involved in fatal homeowner shooting fired

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One of the officers involved in deadly shooting of a Fort Worth homeowner has been fired for falsifying a police report unrelated to that case.

The Fort Worth Police Department said Officer Benjamin Hanlon was terminated Tuesday because he misrepresented details on an arrest warrant affidavit. He said that drugs were found on a prisoner during a traffic stop, but they were really found during the jail book in procedure.

"Intentionally placing false information on an arrest affidavit or any other official document is a very serious matter and affects the ethical standards of our profession. It will not be tolerated by any police employee, much less an officer on probation," said Chief Jeffery Halstead.

Hanlon has only worked for FWPD for about a year. However, he was in the news in May because he and another rookie officer responded to the wrong house on a burglary call and fatally shot 72-year-old Jerry Waller in his own garage.

The officers said Waller pointed a gun at them and refused to lower it. Waller's family believes they misrepresented details of the incident.

The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office said it got the case in August to determine if the shooting was justified. It has not yet been presented to a grand jury.

Hanlon's termination is not related to the Waller case.

He will have an opportunity to appeal.

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