Skip to comments.Texas -Cop shoots 72-year-old dead in his home (Wrong address, no charges)
Posted on 01/30/2014 10:55:13 AM PST by dragnet2
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Rookie cop who shot 72-year-old dead in his home while investigating burglary at the WRONG address will not be charged
A family devastated: Waller was shot by Fort Worth police as they searched his home for burglars in the dark using only flashlights
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Waller didn't drop his gun and instead raised it at Hoeppner who proceeded to fatally shoot the senior citizen seven times.
According to the autopsy report, Waller suffered three hits to his chest as well as single shots to his abdomen and hand. Two other bullets grazed his wrist and forearm.
'I don't know who the guy is,' Hanlon says. 'The guy came out with a gun. He wouldn't put the gun down. He pointed it at Hoeppner. Hoeppner fired.'
Waller was found in his garage and pronounced dead at the scene.
Waller's widow and the rest of his family released a statement of their own as well, saying they would not comment on the grand jury's decision until their independent investigation into the shooting finished.
Just remember the new rules:
You screw up, you pay
The government screws up, you pay
You can’t lie to the government
The government can lie to you
Fort Worth PD is really full of these guys. Has been for decades.
Defending your home can sometimes prove fatal.
To defend your home from the police or the state could prove fatal with no consequences for the murderers.
I'll get the popcorn anyways........
As terrible as this decision appears, at least it was taken by a JURY instead of a police chief, or a prosecutor.
The Chief is delusional. Justice and the healing process have not even begun. Hopefully, the killers and their Chief will be held to justice somewhere in the future.
This sounds like something that would happen in Florida.
What happened - was he wearing a dog costume?
So much for moving to Fort Worth, TX...
The should make the family pay for the blood to be cleaned off the officers clothes, and for the ammo.
At least the police got to go home that night. /sarc
Bad guys - stupid criminals with long hair
Good guys - stupid criminals with short hair
I hope the family sues and sues and sues.....cops are hired by WE THE PEOPLE....they are our servants.....they do OUR bidding....and yet they can go to the wrong house and kill a guy for protecting his own home....
Am I understanding that correctly? The cops got a search warrant to investigate a burglary?
That does not sound right.
He may not have heard them. Either way, the bastards were at the wrong house and killed an innocent man. They should be fired and sent to prison for manslaughter at the very least.
That’s BS! -— police need to be held accountable for such negligence...and I’m a former LE officer...it’s just the right thing to do...they screwed up - and a citizen died...
As usual, the police absolve themselves of all wrong doing.
Looks like we’ll have to expand the rules for cops to
“There’s no situation that cannot be made worse by the presence of a cop and if they screw up and go to the wrong address, the encounter could be deadly!”
That does sound strange. If the cops are called to investigate a burglary in progress, the last thing they will do is stop to get a search warrant (which would not be required in that case). And in the middle of the night, no less.
This was what the cops told the Grand Jury? He raised his gun at the cops???
Why in tarnation would a law abiding citizen do that?
Not exactly. It was a grand jury, not a trial jury. Who knows what evidence the DA didn’t present?
Latest vaseline JB story for wolfie. (He might look into buyin’ the stuff in 55 gallon barrels....lots of play lately!)
> .cops are hired by WE THE PEOPLE....they are our
> servants.....they do OUR bidding.
The military is for fighting enemies of the State.
The police are for protecting and serving the people.
When the police become militarized, the people become enemies of the State.
Years ago, a man, not in uniform, pointed a gun at me and ordered me to freeze. I didn’t. Then there were cops in uniform all over me. He demanded to know why I didn’t freeze. I screamed at him, “You weren’t in uniform. You never identified yourself. I thought I was being mugged.”
My guess is, they never identified themselves. Their story may be a lie. But only they know and they’ll probably convince themselves that they did.
I also have to question the grand jury on this one. Someone made a mistake and that was pure negligence and the LEO did in fact kill a totally innocent man, that is homicide. So by definition a negligent homicide did occur. The castle doctrine, SYG, self defense, and the fourth amendment all fall on the side of the guy who was shot.
I believe that this was an accident, BUT, those responsible for this accident must be held legally and criminally responsible. Responding LEO's in the future must know that a mistake of this kind will have very harsh and real consequences.
The IA investigation in this incident should be open to the public. The DA should be required to release all information obtained in interviews and during investigation. The public should be made fully aware of what happened before and after this homicide and why charges were not brought against the LEO who pulled the trigger. There should be an unobscured view of exactly who made what mistakes and how it all went down.
All of these things will come out in a civil case anyway. We the people pay for all of this and the information should be public.
Can't say for sure regarding the deceased, but if I wasn't convinced the people breaking into my house for no reason were police, I might raise my gun.
Like under a tree.
uhm why didn’t they just TURN ON THE LIGHTS so they could find the bad guys?
I wonder if the family is going to sue and if a legal fund can be set up to help them pursue justice? Then, if they win, the healing can begin, not as the Chief of Police stated after the decision not to prosecute the cops.
Did you think that he would be charged?
They better win. Texas is a 'loser pays' state. And even if they win, tort reform caps their payout.
Didn’t the cops in Fort Worth shoot another senior citizen in Fort Worth last year (in his own driveway)? I thought there were some threads here on FR about the earlier shooting.
My guess is it’s more crappy reporting.
They probably had a warrant to look for goods that were at a
place(wrong place in this case) related to coming from a burglary.
The family will sue, taxpayers will pay, cops will get a paid vacation.
Sorry for your loss family.
However, any sane person knows you don’t go outside with a gun unless you know what you’re doing and who is there.
The cop’s excessive shooting should have been noted.
Also they’re picking the wrong house. That can be avoided....Too eager.
Both parties are to blame.
That is your first mistake.
".....they do OUR bidding...."
That is mistake number 2. First, they are not your servants, they are your overseers, to keep you in place for their masters.
Number 2 they do the bidding of their masters, the politician. hell with you [and me].
If a person busts in my house with a gun and I’ve done nothing wrong why would I take their word at face value that 1. he is really a cop, and 2. even if he is a cop, that he has good intentions?
There are many reports of gangs that dress in SWAT gear that says FBI on their jackets.
If that buys them a few seconds of reluctance on the part of the armed homeowner that’s all they need.
We can thank the never ending war on drugs for all this nonsense.
I guess innocent Americans getting killed in their homes by their own government is just the price we pay to live in such a loving nanny state. Sheesh.
If there were any witnesses, that is the story they will/would be sticking to also. That is if they want to continue living.
And Fort Worth is very high on the list of cities with underfunded pensions.
You think these guys are a problem today, just wait a few years until they discover their retirement benefits are never going to happen.
Yea, reading the article makes you think theres so many problem with the police version of event. It could simply be bad reporting
Several years ago my Dad was at home by himself on a cool summer evening and had the house locked up tight and his bedroom window was open and he only had the tv on. He heard someone open the back gate and with their flashlight was working their way through the backyard. My Dad retrieved his .357 magnum and stepped over to the side of the window out of sight and waited.
In a minute or two the goober with the flashlight steps up to the window and starts looking in. At that point my Dad cocked the magnum and roared don’t move! The guy behind the flashlight starts screaming don’t shoot me John! Don’t shoot me! I’m officer so-and-so and quickly put his light on his badge and then face.
My Dad asked him what in the world you are doing? His response, oh you only had one car in your drive way and it’s usually full(it was but Mom and all the kids were away at once) and I thought that was unusual and was checking things out. Dad didn’t quite buy what he was shoveling.
A couple of years earlier, same police department a half a mile down the road, same thing officer snooping around in the dark and their dept. wore black uniforms got drew down on by that neighbor until he shined the light on his badge and uniform.
Sounds like mistakes were made by the cops and the victim. One just because you say you are the police means nothing in the dark, so me some visible ID. Second the homeowner should have called the police and stayed inside to engage in home invasion or break in.
Leave us not forget that not every person claiming to be a cop is telling the truth.
The guys who mowed everybody down at the Valentine’s Day Massacre not only claimed to be cops, they were in uniform.
The saddest part of this sad story is that if Pops had successfully defended his home (albeit under a misapprehension of his need to do so) he might very well have been charged with a capital crime.
Of course you are going to be a little thin on details when only one side survives the encounter...
Prayers out to the family of the murdered. Why are there no consequences for searching the wrong address? What is up with this sovereign immunity crap?
More cops make it home safely.
Earlier thread from July 27, 2013. . .
If the details in the article are correct I gotta go with the cops on this one. Someone points a gun at me I have to assume they’re going to shoot with a very good chance at killing me. No way I’m going to just stand there if I were a cop.