Fort Worth police on Friday released a report that details what led up to an officer shooting and killing an armed 72-year old homeowner last May.
Officers R.A. Hoeppner and B.B. Hanlon responded to a burglary call and wound up at the wrong home due to an issue with mapping software and poor street lighting. Instead, they came up to Waller's home with the garage door open.
The detailed report was released two days after Hoeppner was cleared by a Grand Jury in the shooting death of homeowner Jerry Waller.
The report states Hanlon went to the front door, knocked on it, and rang the doorbell several times. A light inside the house came on and a short time later, officers said, and Waller appeared in the garage.
Hoeppner, the report said, saw Waller carrying a handgun and he did not know whether Waller lived at the home or was a burglary suspect. Hoeppner began yelling at Waller to drop the gun, but Waller continued walking into the garage toward a parked car.
Hoeppner said Waller "put the gun behind his right leg.. as if attempting to conceal it from Officer Hoeppner's view."
The report states Hoeppner continued to tell Waller to drop his gun and Waller responded "Why?" By then, the other officer had run around to the garage and both told Waller to put the gun down. He set it on the trunk of the car.
Hoeppner went to secure the gun when, according to the report, Waller stepped toward the handgun and scrambled to pick it up. He then swung the handgun toward Hoeppner and that's when Hoeppner began shooting, firing six times rapidly.
The report said there isn't any video of the confrontation and officers did not manually activate the dash camera or the microphones on their lapels. The officers never activated lights and sirens.
The Waller family's attorney released a statement reacting to the report:
"It is highly suspicious that the City is now releasing documents that it refused to produce in response to the request of the Waller family for over the past eight months.
There are other requested documents about this incident that the City still refuses to produce that are required to be produced under the Open Records Act.
The real story about the tragic shooting of Jerry Waller at the hands of Fort Worth police will be brought forward in the next days and weeks."
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