Former Mesquite police officer indicted for shooting man

Ex-Mesquite cop indicted for shooting man

A Grand Jury indicted a former Mesquite police officer after he shot a man who was trying to get into his car.

The police officer, identified as Derek Wiley, faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant. Wiley posted bond and is out of the Tarrant County Jail. Wiley was fired last week. He was a 10-year-veteran of the department. 

Jones was shot when police responded to a possible car burglary in the 1300 block of South Town East Boulevard. It turns out the truck Jones belonged to him, and his car alarm was malfunctioning. 

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson made the announcement Wednesday. Although the Grand Jury saw body camera footage of the incident, Johnson said it wouldn't be released before the trial. 

"The video we believe is extremely prejudicial towards the officer," said Lee Merritt, Jones' attorney.
Merritt argued that Johnson's office didn't have to wait for a grand jury to act, but Johnson countered by saying that the speed of the indictment is never the goal.

"I have the responsibility to make certain that whatever we do, we did it right," Johnson said. 

Jones spent a week in the hospital before being released. As of Wednesday night, he is back in the hospital. 

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