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Ft Worth cops Richard A. Hoeppner & Benjamin B. Hanlon kill Jerry Waller in own garage, lie about it

Discussion in 'Worst of the Worst' started by M, May 30, 2013.

  1. M

    M Muckraker

    Cops lied about where they murdered him -- his body, shot multiple times, was found in his garage.

    Perps: Richard A. Hoeppner, Benjamin B. Hanlon

    Victim: Jerry Waller, "retired businessman, grandfather, and veteran"

    WFAA: Family of man fatally shot by Fort Worth police disputes details (May 28 2013)

    The family of a 72-year-old homeowner killed by police said Wednesday they were "disturbed" by the way the Fort Worth Police Department presented the man's death to the media.

    The city's mayor promised a "full and transparent investigation" of the case.

    Jerry Waller, who police said was armed with a pistol, was shot to death in or near his garage about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The incident began when an alarm sounded in the house across the street from Waller's on North Havenwood in east Fort Worth.

    Police officials said Tuesday it wasn’t clear how two responding officers — identified by police as Richard A. Hoeppner and Benjamin B. Hanlon — ended up at Waller’s house.

    They encountered him with a pistol inside or near his garage. One or both officers opened fire, hitting Waller multiple times.

    Officials said the officers — both of whom graduated from the police academy last November — identified themselves to Waller, but felt threatened.

    "When I went out there, the place was totally dark," said Kathy Waller, the victim's wife. "All I could see were flashlights.”

    She said her husband might have mistaken the officers for burglars, just as they apparently mistook him for a suspect.

    “They just came down my driveway, flashing lights, and he thought it was burglars going after his car,” Mrs. Waller said Tuesday night.

    The family released a statement Wednesday that said they were "deeply troubled by the police department misrepresenting details of the incident in their interviews with the media," and that Jerry Waller's body was found in his own garage.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    This story is still getting some news coverage around here. Just reported this morning that both cops involved were rookies.


    EDIT TO ADD:

    The family says that police have misrepresented the facts on this murder by cop and want an independent investigation. I believe the Texas Rangers usually get involved in this type of thing if they think an investigation is warranted.

    The homeowner was shot 6 times by the rookie cop.
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I hope the rangers get involved. Do DFW PD send out a completely rookie team by themselves? You'd think there would be pairing with veterans to prevent exactly this.

    The cops "were sobbing uncontrollably". Yes, I guess so. They just killed an innocent old man in his own garage for no reason other than their own fright. They're done. There is no coming back from something like this. Fire their ....., pay the large legal judgement that's coming, and see if you can train your people better.

    If this is what we have to contend with when you come around to help, ....., just stay in your office. We don't need you if this is the result.
  4. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    I'm not familiar with FWPD procedures but the city I live in and jurisdictions I work in most officers work solo and second officer is sent as back up depending on the situation. As for rookies I dont know, you would think dispatcher would send a non-rookie with the rookie on that call, but I wasn't in the Comm Bay so will give them the benefit of the doubt. This is case of rookies that were not ready to work solo without a FTO, and they [messed up] things and a innocent man is dead. City of Ft. Worth will have to bend over and take it and pay out millions.
  5. mikew68

    mikew68 Original Member

    Just read this in the Daily Mail ( London paper) In Ft.Worth Texas, cops shot and killed 72 yo Jerry Walker .. they were supposed to investigate the house across the street. Guess they can't read the address correctly. Anyway read the article as I am computer stupid and do not know how to import the story here to TU.

    This isn't the only outrage from our so called PO-lice forces. as couple of months ago.. 8 Kern Cty cops beat a guy to death, then held witnesses hostage to seize their cell phones as evidence.

    When I have been stopped by the cops I always fear for my life !
  6. M

    M Muckraker

    Link?
  7. M

    M Muckraker

  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    There is an older thread about this.
  9. M

    M Muckraker

    Already merged.
  10. M

    M Muckraker

    Update flagged courtesy the Cato feed ...

    TribTown: Fort Worth officer involved in fatal shooting of armed homeowner fired over unrelated case (Oct 10 2013)

    In a statement, Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead says Officer Benjamin B. Hanlon was fired for falsifying an arrest affidavit in an Aug. 9 traffic stop. Halstead says drugs were found on the suspect during jail booking, but Hanlon's affidavit stated that they were found on the suspect at the scene of the traffic stop. Hanlon was still on probation, so his firing can't be appealed.

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