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Grand Jury Clears APD Officer In Deadly Shooting

Updated: Thursday, August 29 2013, 04:04 PM CDT

A Travis County Grand Jury cleared an Austin police officer of any wrongdoing in the death of a man shot after a chase in East Austin last year.

Ahmede Bradley was shot by Officer Eric Copeland on April 5.

The incident began when Officer Copeland stopped Bradley's vehicle near the intersection of 51st Street and Manor Road for a sound ordinance violation.

The Travis County District Attorney's Office says when Officer Copeland approached the vehicle he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car and noticed a white substance on Bradley's face -- a bag in the vehicle in which the tops of several small baggies was also visible.

Suspecting Bradley was in possession of narcotics, Officer Copeland asked Bradley to exit the vehicle. But Bradley fled the scene in his vehicle and Officer Copeland pursed, the DA's Office says.

Investigators say after a short pursuit, Officer Copeland caught up with Bradley in the 5200 block of Overbrook Drive. That's where Bradley stopped his car and fled on foot with Officer Copeland in pursuit.

The two struggled briefly before Bradley broke free and ran across the street. Officer Copeland unsuccessfully attempted to tase Bradley as he ran into the street and Bradley ran into the front yard of a home where they again began to struggle, according to investigators.

According to the DA's Office, two separate witnesses called 911 as they watched the struggle and one reported to the 911 operator that the officer needed help and that the man he was fighting was trying to get the officer’s gun. Officer Copeland told investigators that the man was on top of him, trying to choke him with his police radio cord and was trying to get his gun.

Investigators say after a two minute struggle, Officer Copeland was able to kick Bradley away from him and when Bradley started coming back toward him, Officer Copeland shot him three times in the chest. Other officers arrived and began performing CPR on Bradley, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A report released to the media by the DA's Office says a bag of marijuana was found in Bradley's vehicle and bags of cocaine were found in the street in the area where Officer Copeland had attempted to tase Bradley.

A postmortem toxicology examination of Bradley revealed the presence of several illegal substances, according to the report.

Video from the Travis County District Attorney's Office.

Grand Jury Clears APD Officer In Deadly Shooting


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