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No Indictment For APD Officer That Killed Man During Dog Shooting Call

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 03:02 PM CDT

A Travis County grand jury has declined to indict an Austin police officer who shot and killed a man while responding to a dog shooting call in North Austin last year.

Officer Jonathan Whitted shot and killed 70-year-old John Schaefer on March 1 at around 7 a.m. in front of Schaefer's home on Lanshire Drive.

The elderly homeowner had called 9-1-1 to report he had shot and killed a pit bull that had entered his backyard and attacked him.

The Travis County District Attorney's Office says while Officer Whitted was on the way to the scene he told a 9-1-1 operator to call Schaefer back and request that he not have the handgun on him when police arrived.

But Schaefer refused the request, saying that he had a concealed handgun license and would not give his gun up, investigators say.

The DA's Office says when Officer Whitted approached the front door Schaefer emerged from his home openly carrying a handgun in a holster on his hip. Officer Whitted reached for one of Schaefer's hands to temporarily restrain the man and secure the handgun but Schaefer pulled his hand away and drew the handgun, pointing it at Officer Whitted.

Officer Whitted then drew his own handgun and shot Schaefer two times in the chest, killing him, officials say.

The grand jury heard approximately seven hours of testimony from nine witnesses, including two independent eyewitnesses to the shooting before deciding not to indict Whitted, the DA's Office says.

Whitted became an officer with APD in 2009.

No Indictment For APD Officer That Killed Man During Dog Shooting Call


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