Texas police officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of teen
The Texas police officer accused of fatally shooting one teen and injuring another while he was off-duty has been charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Officer Ken Johnson was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of 16-year-old Jose Cruz. He was reportedly shot Sunday at a gas station in Addison, a town north of Dallas.
Police said Monday it all started when Johnson noticed a vehicle was being burglarized in the parking lot of his apartment complex. He reportedly chased after the suspects in his car, which eventually led to an "altercation."
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A representative for the Cruz family told NBC the teen was shot once in the head and once in the rib cage. And the other juvenile involved, 16-year-old Edgar Rodriguez, was reportedly shot in the finger.
Addison police chief Paul Spencer said in a statement Wednesday night, "Based on our investigation thus far we had probable cause to make an arrest. But this is a rapidly-evolving situation and it remains an active investigation."
Johnson was booked into the Dallas County Jail Wednesday night on a $100,000 bond for the murder charge and a $50,000 bond for the aggravated assault charge. He reportedly posted bail hours later and was released.