Of­fi­cers in­volved in shoot­ing not in­dicted

The Dallas Morning News - - State -

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A grand jury has de­clined to in­dict a hand­ful of South Texas po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved in the fa­tal shoot­ing of a knife-wield­ing man while serv­ing a bur­glary war­rant.

Brownsville po­lice an­nounced the de­ci­sion Thurs­day and re­leased the body cam­era footage from the Oct. 5 shoot­ing on its Face­book page.

The footage shows of­fi­cers at­tempt­ing to serve the war­rant. The sus­pect, 32-year-old Ger­man Or­nelas, is seen stand­ing on a sofa hold­ing a knife.

An of­fi­cer asks the oth­ers to let him lead be­cause he can record with his body cam­era. They ask Or­nelas in Span­ish and English to drop the knife and get down be­fore he is seen lung­ing to­ward the door with the knife. An of­fi­cer fires mul­ti­ple shots, strik­ing Or­nelas. He was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal where he died.

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