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Video: Texas Officer Dismissed for Shot Fired at T-Stop

September 30, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Texas Officer Uses Deadly Force at T-Stop

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has terminated an officer who fired at an unarmed driver at a traffic stop in May for violating agency policies, he announced Friday.

Officer Justin Boehm has been placed on indefinite suspension and will not return to the force for his response after pulling over James Barton on May 8 for running a red light, reports The Statesman.

The officer had pulled over the truck driven by the 55-year-old Barton at about 7:50 a.m. After Barton exited his truck, the officer ordered him back into the vehicle several times. When Barton made a "furtive" movement, the officer fired one shot that missed the man. Barton had reached for his wallet.

The Austin Police Association has agreed that Officer Boehm's response was a mistake but said he could be re-trained.

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Leonard Mather @ 9/30/2013 2:40 PM

Officer Boehm over reacted; it was a mistake. He should be re-trained and the re-training should include weapon firing at the range. Had the stop been of a Criminal Perp requiring deadly force, Boehm demonstrated faulty aim. At such a close distance, he is obviously in need of re-training.

Eugene Natkong @ 9/30/2013 6:50 PM

Seems to me that he is "trigger happy cop" is a dangerous cop, he should never be considered for any future jobs with LE or security jobs. It really made no sense for him to draw the weapons in the city where a stray bullet could hit a pedestrian or even a child on the street. Just no excuse to pull the weapons and yes it is a bad over-reaction.
Remember the Oakland cop shot a suspect in the back when he thought to pull out a stun gun?

Texas @ 9/30/2013 7:32 PM

The only problem I see with this is. Hopefully the violator still had to pay that citation. He ran that light pretty blateantley.

JC @ 9/30/2013 10:10 PM

It appears to me the officer may have had an accidental discharge. This could be corrected with training however I suspect the department doesn't want to deal with the liability that comes with this kind of error.

tppatriot @ 10/1/2013 3:02 AM

"for violating agency policies"
HOW ABOUT for violating the US Constitution!!? Civil Rights!!? Human Rights!!?

steve @ 10/1/2013 8:10 AM

Chances are this officer had played too many video games and had an itchy trigger finger. The fact that he never said anything about "show me your hands" or "drop the weapon" leads me to believe he really wasn't concerned about the guy having a weapon. I'm glad for both the officer and the "red light runner" that he wasn't shot.
300 Austin officers laid off or dismissed...what's up with that?

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/1/2013 4:03 PM

This guy should be selling shoes so he can hurt less people that way. Not everyone is cut out to be a cop.

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