This one shocks me but I agree with it:
A grand jury declined to indict a Fort Worth man who shot a state trooper but claimed he never knew he was a police officer because he was in plainclothes and driving an unmarked pickup.
In an interview, Russell King said he and his wife Myra were driving home near Haslet on April 23 when he saw two pickups that appeared to be racing behind him.
“Two trucks came flying by us at a high rate of speed,” King said.
One of the vehicles exited the highway and the other ended up right in front of them.
“I visibly see him look in his mirror, shake his head like this, and that’s when he brake-checked me,” King said. “It was very deliberate.”
“Brake check” refers to someone slamming on the brakes, forcing the car behind them also brake suddenly.
King said he thought it was road rage – especially when the driver started chasing him, even onto a Walmart parking lot.
“That’s where I saw him giving me the finger,” he said.
Concerned for the safety of him and his wife, King said he tried to speed away through traffic but the driver kept coming.
“He was going into oncoming traffic and made a bus swerve,” King said.
King said he did notice some flashing lights in the grill of the pickup but didn’t think anything of it at the time.
“They didn’t seem to be very official. I had never seen a police vehicle that was a gray Chevrolet truck,” he said.
The Kings said they thought they finally lost him, got home, backed into their garage, and immediately called 911.
A few minutes later, the same man in the same pickup pulled up in front of their house.
King said he watched on his live camera system as the man pulled what he thought was a gun out of the back — and then approached the house and knocked loudly.
“I’ve never been so scared in my life. I really felt as if he were there to harm my wife and I,” King said. “I yelled, ‘Please go away. We called 911.’”
The camera captured what happened next.
King shot through the door. The man was hit in the shoulder and ran.
It sounds like the state trooper was having a road rage incident and was acting outside his lawful authority.
The homeowner was legitimately afraid and fired in self defense.
The jury seemed to agree.
This is the right decision. The police have no special protection when behaving like this outside their legal powers.
I’m just shocked a jury agreed.
This gives me hope.