CONROE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a Houston-area police officer has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the shooting death of a teenager accused of shoplifting.
They announced Friday that a Montgomery County grand jury indicted Conroe (KAHN'-roh) police Sgt. Jason Blackwelder on charges that also include tampering with a government document and making a false report.
The July 31 shooting occurred after employees of a store called authorities to say they were attempting to detain a suspected shoplifter. Blackwelder saw 19-year-old Russell Rios of Conroe running away and confronted him before a struggle ensued.
The grand jury found that the 29-year-old Blackwelder provided false statements to investigators. He's been suspended without pay.
Defense attorney Greg Cagle says Blackwelder will fight the charges and plead not guilty to all three.