HOUSTON - A former Houston police officer has been indicted by a Harris County grand jury on charges stemming from an incident that occurred while the officer was employed by HPD.
The incident occurred Feb. 16 when then-officer Bruce Johnson was notified that his own home was being burglarized.
Officials say Johnson confronted suspect Derek Carr, who was carrying some of Johnson's property. They say a struggle began, and Carr was shot once in the back and once in the arm.
The actions that followed are what gave rise to the indictments, officials say. According to authorities, witness video shows Johnson kicked Carr after he was shot.
Officer Johnson delivered a number of blows with his foot by kicking Carr while he was on the ground incapacitated after he'd been shot," said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
Ogg said Johnson admitted to moving the burglary tool with which he claimed Carr threatened him.
Johnson is facing a tampering with evidence charge, a third-degree felony, and a misdemeanor assault charge.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo released the following statement:
“The Houston Police Department is extremely disappointed in the actions of this former employee. However, I am proud of the work of the newly created Special Investigations Unit (SIU) that I formed to conduct thorough and detailed investigations on critical cases like this one. While the circumstances in this case on the day of occurrence suggested no wrongdoing, a proper impartial investigation by HPD SIU lead to the discovery of facts and evidence resulting in the indictment of this former employee. The Houston Police Department remains committed to transparency and accountability.”
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