Ex-Texas officer sentenced in shooting death of teen

DALLAS – A jury in Dallas has found a former police officer guilty of murder in the mysterious death of a 16-year-old teenager who had broken into the man’s SUV.

The former Farmers Branch officer Ken Johnson was found guilty Tuesday of murder and also aggravated assault.

His condemnation was deferred to the following month.

Prosecutors earlier told jurors that Johnson was off-duty in March 2016, when he chased Jose Cruz and one other teenager.

Surveillance video shows that Johnson chased the teens with his SUV, rammed the car and then repeatedly shot in their stopped vehicle.

Cruz died in the shooting in the Dallas suburb of Addison, and the other teenager was seriously injured.

Johnson’s lawyers had argued that he feared for his life as he approached the teenagers’ car.

Johnson resigned shortly thereafter.

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