Friendswood officer not charged in fatal shooting of suspect

The Friendswood police officer who shot and killed an alleged shoplifter in November 2016 will not be charged, prosecutors said Wednesday.

GALVESTON, Texas- The Friendswood police officer who shot and killed an alleged shoplifter in November 2016 will not be charged, prosecutors said Wednesday. 

A Galveston County Grand Jury has decided to take no action against Officer Brad Rusk after completing its investigation. 

According to authorities, Rusk responded to a shoplifting call at a Shell Station in Friendswood on Nov. 29, 2016. The store clerk told him a man stole a beer from the store. 

The officer asked the suspect, Toby Dean Cummins, who was at a nearby sidewalk to stop. Police said Cummins refused to listen to the officer's orders and began to charge at him with a box-cutter. Rusk fired at Cummins four times and killed him. 

The Grand Jury had access to all evidence which included audio/video recordings, witnesses, agency investigations and more. 

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