District attorney to begin looking into police shooting of Fort Worth man

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The Tarrant County district attorney's office will begin looking into the death of a Woodhaven man who was fatally shot in May by police officers responding to a burglary call, but at the wrong address.

Jerry Waller, 72, died May 28 near the back of his home. Two officers said they ordered Waller to drop a revolver he was holding, but instead he pointed it at them. Waller was shot. Police have not said whether one or both of the officers opened fire.

Fort Worth police submitted their investigation to prosecutors Thursday morning, said Melody McDonald, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, which investigates officer-involved shootings.

“After a complete and thorough examination, we will present the case to the grand jury for their consideration,” McDonald said. “There is so no time frame. Ethically, we cannot comment on any facts or evidence of a pending investigation.”

A search warrant affidavit released last week stated that officers were at the wrong home because of poor lighting.

Waller’s relatives have previously disputed the officers’ account, accusing police of “misrepresenting details of the incident.”

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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