Jury: Deputy who fired shots during narcotics investigation acted justifiably

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County Sheriff’s Office deputy who fired two shots at a man who pointed a pistol at him in 2012 acted justifiably, according to a Travis County Grand Jury.

In November 2012, Deputy Christopher Douglas and two other TCSO deputies were working a narcotics investigation as part of the Sheriff’s Vice Squad Unit.

The team had information there was narcotics activity at the Promontory Point Apartments at 2250 Ridgepoint Drive in Northeast Austin.

Douglas and another deputy, Jason Krenek, were wearing plain clothes with TCSO badges around their necks, when they approached the apartment and knocked on the door. The third deputy stood nearby as security.

Deputy Krenek was wearing a body camera that captured the whole incident.

According to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, when the resident, Avery Harris, opened the door, Deputy Krenek could smell the odor of marijuana and what looked like marijuana on a table inside the apartment.

Deputy Krenek told Avery Harris that he was with the Sheriff’s Office and that he would like to talk with him. Avery Harris tried to exit the apartment and attempted to close the door behind him.

In his account, Deputy Douglas said he started to make his way into the apartment when he saw another man, later identified as Roderic Harris, raise his arm and point a pistol at him.

Douglas yelled “gun” and fired two rounds at Roderic Harris. No one inside the apartment was injured.

Authorities later determined the gun that Roderic Harris was holding was reported as stolen.

Avery and Roderic Harris were charged with possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, and Roderic Harris was indicted for aggravated assault.

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