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ADDISON/FARMERS BRANCH (CBS11) – There were protests outside the Farmers Branch Police Department and the Addison Police Department, as well as tears and anger at a vigil near Bachman Lake.

That’s where Juan Romano and more than 100 others gathered to remember Jose Raul Cruz.

“Just the nicest kid I’ve known I don’t know why they took him away from us,” says Romano.

The 16-year-old was shot and killed outside this gas station on Marsh and Spring Valley on Sunday night by an off duty Farmers Branch police officer.

Chris Livingston, the attorney for Ken Johnson, says the officer pursued the teenager and his friend after they were witnessed breaking into cars at an apartment complex where the officer lived.  A chase ended here where the officer fired at the suspects. Johnson’s attorney would not offer details but says the officer felt threatened even though the teenagers were reportedly unarmed.

“He was in fear of his life and that’s the standard for police officers,” says Livingston.  “When an officer sees a crime committed in the state of Texas he is obligated to take action and that’s what Officer Johnson did this case,” says Livingston.

That defense does not satisfy those who believe deadly force was unnecessary.

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