A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict a Euless police officer who fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at officers when they forced their way into his Fort Worth home during a drug search, according to the district attorney’s office.
On the evening of Nov. 22, 2013, officers assigned to the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit went to Thomas Bradley “Brad” Garza’s house in the 4000 block of Tulip Tree Drive to serve a search warrant, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office. After the officers “forced entry,” they saw the 26-year-old armed with a shotgun, the release said.
Garza refused to drop his gun and pointed it at officers. The Euless officer assigned to the narcotics unit fired once, hitting Garza in the chest.
He died at the scene. Four other men in the house were questioned and released.
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Because the officer wasn’t arrested, charged or indicted, the district attorney’s office did not release his name.
“This case presented yet another instance of an individual exhibiting deadly force against a police officer, with tragic results,” Deputy Chief District Attorney Jack Strickland said in a statement.
“The officer’s response was well-justified by both the facts and the law.” — Monica S. Nagy