The state’s attorney general is rejecting calls from police chiefs across the country for her office to investigate the shooting death of a man who was shot while walking home from a nearby convenience store.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that it will not pursue charges against a Texas police officer who fatally shot 22-year-old Joshua Bunch after an incident on April 15 in southwest Houston.
The officer involved in the incident was not named in the complaint filed by Bunch’s family.
Bunch was walking with his family from a convenience store to his house when he was shot in the head by Officer Thomas Williams, according to the lawsuit.
Williams was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, the lawsuit said.
A grand jury has been convened.
Williams’ attorney, James Odom, said in a statement that the officer acted in self-defense after he heard Bunch was about to pull a gun on him.
He said Williams was “shocked” when he shot Bunch and did not have a duty to shoot because he did not know Bunch had a firearm.
A video posted on Facebook by Bump’s father, Scott Bump, showed him running from Williams.
It showed the officer walking down the street as Bump ran into the yard, according.
Bump was not shot, the video showed.
Bump’s mother, Rachel, who is in her early 50s, told The Associated Press that the video “shakes me to my core,” but that she is disappointed that the state is not pursuing criminal charges against Williams.
Rachel Bump told the AP her son was not armed and was not threatening anyone when he got shot.
Rachel said she doesn’t think the officer’s actions were justified and that she believes the officer should have used a stun gun.
“My heart breaks every day because of what’s happening here,” Rachel said.
“He shouldn’t have shot him.
I don’t think he should have.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety said it was reviewing the decision and could not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The U.S. Justice Department is also investigating the shooting.