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Autopsy: Ft. Worth homeowner fatally shot by officer temp. put down gun

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Following a Wednesday ruling in which a grand jury cleared a Fort Worth Police officer for the shooting death of an armed homeowner, an autopsy report released Thursday shows that the homeowner temporarily put down his gun.

Jerry Waller was shot by Officer R.P. Hoeppner seven times on May 28 while he and former Officer Benjamin Hanlon searched for a prowler.

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.

They were searching the outside of a home with their flashlights when they saw Waller holding a handgun.

Previously, police documents said that officers identified themselves and ordered Waller to drop his handgun, and that Waller refused and was shot when he pointed his gun at police.

However, the autopsy report says that Waller did obey officer's orders, and lay his gun down at one point.

The autopsy document goes on to say Waller was shot when he grabbed the gun again while an officer tried to secure it.

Following the shooting, Waller's family disputed the police account of events and said Waller was in his garage when he was shot.

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