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Ft. Worth man shot seven times by police in May incident

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A Fort Worth man gunned down by police was shot seven times according to an autopsy obtained by FOX4.

Jerry Wayne Waller, 72, was shot by Fort Worth police on May 28 while they searched for a prowler.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's report states Waller was shot three times in the chest, once in the right abdomen, once in the left hand and grazed by shots to his left wrist and forearm.

The autopsy indicates Waller had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the shooting.

Waller died from the gunshots at the scene and Fort Worth police still have not publicly discussed the case.

Waller's friends and family wonder why the case is taking so long to get resolved.

"It's a question everybody asks. One time a day, somebody has said 'Have they ever figured that out yet? Have they ever resolved that?'" Becky Haskin, Waller's neighbor, said. "And everybody is still waiting. It just seems like it's taken a lot longer than what anyone would have expected."

Waller's brother, Johnny Waller, says the longer it takes, the hardest it is for his family to do deal with the loss.

"It just destroys the family almost," Johnny Waller said, "as far as who you trust and that type of thing."

In a search warrant affidavit released in July, police said they were responding to a burglary alarm on Havenwood Lane and went to the wrong address because of poor lighting.

They were searching the outside of a home with their flashlights when they saw Waller holding a handgun. Police claim Waller pointed the weapon at officers and did not lower it when asked.

Waller's family disputes the police account of events and said Waller was in his garage when he was shot.

Both officers involved in the shooting were rookies on the police force. One, Benjamin Hanlon, was later fired for an unrelated incident. The other officer, R.P. Hoeppner, remains on active duty.

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