Rookie Police Officer Shot Fort Worth Homeowner Six Times
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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – The daughter of the homeowner shot and killed by Fort Worth police early Tuesday morning says the department has misrepresented details surrounding the shooting.
Angie Waller is calling for an independent investigation.
“Jerry was a dedicated family man and small business owner,” says Angie Waller. “We are deeply troubled by the police department’s misrepresenting details of the incident in their interviews with the media. We would ask that the police refrain from providing details to the media until a thorough investigation has been completed, preferably by an independent body.”
Waller, 72, was shot six times in the chest after he went outside to investigate bright lights outside of the bedroom on Havenwood Lane.
Investigators say he had a handgun, but sources tell CBS 11 News that he had put the gun down and then picked it back up before he was shot.
“We were disturbed by suggestions that police may have felt threatened by a man in his own garage faced with unknown trespassers wielding flashlights,” said Angie Waller. “We look forward to a full investigation of this terrible incident that will lead to meaningful steps to ensure that nothing like this will happen again. Beyond the tragedy of his death, we hope that everyone will remember the spirit of Jerry’s life.”
LISTEN TO RADIO CALL FROM FORT WORTH POLICE:
Richard Hoeppner and Benjamin Hanlon were the officers responding to the call from the home across the street from Waller’s. Turns out, the alarm went off accidentally.
Hanlon’s voice is heard on an audio recording taken moments after the shooting to report the shooting, “I don’t know who the guy is. The guy came out with a gun. He wouldn’t put the gun down. He pointed it a Hoeppner. Hoeppner fired.”