Fort Worth officers won’t be charged in two fatal shootings
02/19/2014 7:08 PM
02/19/2014 7:09 PM
A Tarrant County grand jury declined Wednesday to indict two Fort Worth police officers in two unrelated fatal shootings in 2013.
Officer Marty Stone will not be charged in the April 24 shooting of Brandon Alexander Smith, 29, near Brentwood Stair Road during an aggravated robbery call. Stone was shot in the leg before he fatally shot Smith, police reported.
Officer T.A. Bamrick will not be charged in the death of Damon Earl Bacy, 37, on June 23. Bacy was shot after officers ordered him to stop stabbing a woman.
“Both of these officers were entitled under the law and expected by their oath of office to answer deadly force with deadly force,” Jack Strickland, a Tarrant County deputy chief district attorney, said in a news release.
Strickland and prosecutor Robert Huseman presented both cases to a grand jury Wednesday.
Police reported earlier that Stone was sent to a robbery call in the 6400 block of Brentwood Stair Road, where he spotted a man running away and chased him.
Stone encountered the man near a house and ordered him to stop. The man fired at Stone, hitting him in the thigh. Stone returned fire, fatally shooting the man, who was later identified as Smith.
Smith died at a local hospital. Stone survived his wound.
In the second case, Bamrick and two other officers responded to a call in the 3200 block of Bridgehill Drive, where a resident reported that a man was assaulting a woman in an apartment. The officers forced their way in and found a man stabbing a woman with a large knife. Officers ordered him to drop the knife, police reported earlier.
When he refused, Bamrick shot him. The man, later identified as Bacy, died at a local hospital. The woman was treated for multiple stab wounds.
“In the first instance, the officer was actually shot by the suspect before returning fire,” Strickland said. “In the second case, the officer interrupted the suspect stabbing a defenseless woman.
“If you shoot an officer in Fort Worth, Texas, or are so bold as to attempt to murder someone in the presence of an officer, you clearly do so at your own peril.”
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