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Texas Police Enter Wrong House, Kill Armed Homeowner

July 30, 2013  | 

Two Fort Worth Police officers who fatally shot an armed homeowner told investigators that poor lighting caused them to go to the wrong house while investigating a burglary call.

The two officers were sent to 409 Havenwood Lane at 12:51 a.m. on May 28. They began searching the house across the street at 404 Havenwood Lane. They encountered Jerry Waller, 72, who had armed himself with a .38-caliber pistol while standing in his garage.

Officers said they ordered Waller to drop the weapon, but he instead pointed it at the officers. One of the officers fatally shot Waller as he stood in his garage.

Both officers have been on the force for less than a year, reports NBC DFW.

The day after the shooting, the Waller family released a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram saying they were "shocked and deeply saddened" by Waller's "untimely death in the privacy of his own home."


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