Texas officer who shot and killed an unarmed man may have triggered in an accident, officials say

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A lawyer acting for the family of an unarmed black man, killed during a traffic stop by a Texas cop, is the question of the cost.

Lee Merritt, a lawyer who is Michael Dean’s family, said the Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said he believes the shooting was accidental, based on the Texas Rangers’ investigation, and that is the reason why Carmen DeCruz was charged with manslaughter instead of murder.

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2020, photography, Lee Merritt, left, the Dean, the family’s lawyer, argues in favour of a higher charge of an hour after, the Temple Police department Officer Carmen DeCruz was charged with murder in the fatal shooting on Aug. 2, the 28-year-old Michael Dean. (She is a Valley/The Temple Daily Telegram, AP)

“We get that you DeCruz’s] defense,” Merritt said. “Well, We don’t appreciate the fact that the DA has accepted the defense in its charging decision. That’s just his defense.”

Garza would not answer questions Wednesday from The Associated Press for the it on the charging decision, said in an e-mail informing me that because of the active investigation, is the limit of the public’s reaction to it.

Merritt, ” he said, and Dean’s family believes DeCruz, should be charged with murder.

“The difference is that it is intended: whether or not the Carmen DeCruz with the intent to cause the death of the Lord, the Dean is, or is not,” said Merritt, who has not seen the video.

The Details of which have originated more than two months after the shooting death still unanswered question: Why did he pull the trigger?

On Monday, The Month Of February. 10, 2020, the booking photo provided by the Bell County Jail, shows a Temple Police officer Carmen DeCruz. (Bell County Jail via AP)

DeCruz, 52, a Temple officer, was charged with murder Monday in the fatal shooting of the Boys, a black, a 28-year-old, in the city of 76,000 people, about 70 miles northeast of Austin.

Prior to then, the Temple had been to the police, very little information is released about the Nov. 2 of the shoot.

An arrest affidavit released Monday, the details of which can be seen on DeCruz’s vehicle and body cameras, although the footage has not been released to the public.


The affidavit said video DeCruz as you approach the vehicle with his gun drawn. DeCruz, who is listed in jail records as American Indian of the approaches to Dean’s vehicle on the passenger side, and the order of the Dean, to turn off the vehicle and gave him the keys. The video shows DeCruz, pull out the keys with his left hand while his right hand, with his finger on the trigger, pulling it to the side. The gun fires, striking Dean in the head with it.

The Texas Rangers have submitted the findings that led to the charges. The affidavit said Dean did not “stop immediately” when DeCruz and tried to pull him over for speeding.

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2020, photography, and Interim Police chief Jim Tobin talks to the media after the Temple Police department Officer Carmen DeCruz was arrested on murder charges in the fatal shooting on Aug. 2 of Temple resident, Michael Dean, and in the Temple, and dallas, Texas. (She is a Valley/The Temple Daily Telegram, AP)

An Interim Temple, and served as the police chief, Jim Tobin, said that it was “not the normal protocol for an officer to approach a person to get pulled over for speeding is to have a finger on the trigger of his gun.

Authorities have not said whether they were interviewed, DeCruz, or what he might have said.

DeCruz, remained in jail Wednesday on a $500,000 bond. Court records do not have a lawyer in front of him.

DeCruz, who was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, and could face two to 20 years in prison if convicted of the murder charge.

In the days and weeks after the shooting, the police said DeCruz shot Dean, but it is not a reflection of the circumstances, including the manner in which the two men have come in contact with.

Two of the reports, the Temple police, filed Dec. 30, the Texas attorney general’s office and will be made available on its web site are offered by a number of the details. One of the reports, it appeared that the shooting happened during a traffic stop, and that the Dean does not have a coat of arms. The other report said that the couple had “an altercation of some sort.”

In this file photo provided by the family of Michael Dean’s lists, Dean’s daughter To the’world. (Courtesy of Michael Dean to the Family via AP File)

Any questions regarding the use of the word “argument,” Tobin said of the reports that were done early on in the investigation. He didn’t have to explain why that word was used, but indicated it would be reviewed.

Tobin said the Temple Police Department was not aware that the reports will be made available to the public as soon as they did,” calling the media “a surprise.”

Mayor Tim Davis said that the city had been most afraid of putting out information that turned out to be wrong, but it recognized that with the expiration of the information, and spread rumors.


“I would have to say that the city has learned that the more information we can provide, the sooner the better,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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