FARMERS BRANCH (CBS11) – The Farmers Branch police officer accused of killing a 16-year-old may soon be back behind bars.
Sources tell CBS11, the Dallas County District Attorney has filed a motion increasing the bond set for Ken Johnson. We’re told the motion has not gone before a judge yet, but it would increase Johnson’s bond from $150,000, and he would be rearrested.
Meanwhile, the teenager who survived the shooting is telling his side of the story.
16-year-old Edgar Rodriguez says he wishes he could go back in time and make a different decision. He and his friend, Jose Cruz, were stealing seats from vehicles in Addison Sunday night when they realized they were being followed.
“That’s when Jose told me, ‘I think that’s the owner of the truck.’ And I looked behind, and yes it was,” Rodriguez said, speaking in Spanish.
Trailing him, he says, was Ken Johnson, an off-duty Farmers Branch police officer. Rodriguez says Johnson hit their vehicle twice and then came at them shooting.
“Jose tried to cover himself and then I don’t know what happened. I was also trying to cover myself, and when I stopped hearing gunshots, I got up,” he says. “And then I saw Jose, and Jose had his eyes closed already.”
Rodriguez was hit in the hand and ear. He lost a finger and is having trouble hearing. But to know his childhood friend was dead, he says, was the hardest part.
“I feel really bad. I’m never going to see him again,” he says. “The only thing that I thought is, I”m going to jail for this crime.’ But I never imagined that he would start shooting at us for some seats.”
He says he has learned from his mistake and will honor Cruz’s memory by starting over.
“The death of my friend has made me realize, I need to make good decisions, and the decisions I was making were no good.”
Rodriguez says Johnson did not identify himself as a police officer until after the shooting. Johnson’s attorney says he did so repeatedly, saying, “Police, show me your hands.”
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