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Grand jury date set in shooting of unarmed man by Grapevine officer

Lee Salidivar, a member of LULAC, protests for the release of police video related to the shooting of Ruben Garcia Villalpando by a police officer during a protest at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center on April 15.
Lee Salidivar, a member of LULAC, protests for the release of police video related to the shooting of Ruben Garcia Villalpando by a police officer during a protest at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center on April 15. Star-Telegram

A Tarrant County grand jury will begin hearing evidence May 6 in the case of a Grapevine officer who fatally shot an unarmed Mexican immigrant, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office confirmed Tuesday.

A dash-camera video of the episode will be made public after the grand jury issues its decision, said Sam Jordan, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Rubén García Villalpando, 31, of North Richland Hills was fatally shot Feb. 20 by Grapevine officer Robert Clark after a brief pursuit that ended on the shoulder of a Texas 121 service road in Euless.

Grapevine police have said García got out of his vehicle with his hands up and continued to walk toward Clark even though he was “repeatedly told to stop.” Clark shot García twice in the chest.

Domingo García, an attorney for Rubén García’s family, has alleged that the shooting was not justified and that Clark received preferential treatment when he wasn’t arrested after Euless police completed their investigation.

In recent weeks, García’s family and activists have held protests, calling for officials to release the video.

Relatives of García who have seen the video said that moments before he was shot, he asked whether Clark was going to kill him.

García’s brother-in-law, Fernando Romero, said the officer responded with a stern “no.”

An autopsy report obtained by the Star-Telegram indicated that García was intoxicated at the time of his death. Grapevine police are conducting their own administrative investigation.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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