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The daily STEW

The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): A Tarrant County grand jury Wednesday no-billed a police officer who fatally shot 72-year-old Jerry Waller at his east side home after two officers went to the wrong address to investigate a burglary call. The police chief said there was evidence Waller pointed a gun at the officer. How do you feel about the grand jury’s action?

Seven bullets to take down one elderly man? If they could see the gun in his hand, then they could see him. One bullet would have sufficed. Not even a slap on the wrist? No consequences for the excessive force? Perhaps this incident haunts the officers for the rest of their lives. Shannon Barton Bullard

I suspect they got it right. Another example of how a gun in the home isn’t always a good idea. Also another example why I would never want to be a police officer. Even though this appears to be justified shooting, that probably won’t make that poor police officer sleep any better. Bill Reedy

It was his home; they were mistaken in how they approached. They assumed he had no rights; they were unannounced. They were at the wrong address. They should at least lose their jobs. Art Rogers

I’ve had homeowners point guns at me on calls for service. I never felt a need to murder a citizen for protecting their family and home. Too many cops today are too scared to be police. Melvin Willis

Civil court is where this will play out. They had no business being in his garage or yard. We will never know if they identified themselves because the only witness is dead. Jeff Dunlop

I feel sad for everyone involved in this one. Everyone lost. Gerald Mercer