AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County grand jury decided Friday not to charge three Austin police officers who shot a man pointing a BB gun at an officer on July 5, 2015.
Officers John Nelson, Stephen Johnson and Matt Murphy responded to the home of Richard Munroe on Golden Quail Drive in north Austin.
A dispatcher described Munroe, 25, as “distraught” and “suicidal” when he called 911 at 3:48 a.m. that Sunday. As the officers approached the home, Munroe came outside holding a gun. He was ordered to drop the gun, but Munroe refused and went back inside, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. Police also noticed self-inflicted wounds on the man’s arms.
Munroe waved the gun in front of him and pointed it at his own head. Officer Murphy tried to use a Taser on the man when he sat down on the front porch, but it was ineffective, the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Friday.
Munroe then pointed the gun at Officer Murphy. Officers Nelson, Johnson and Murphy then shot Munroe several times. He died at the scene. The district attorney says officers didn’t realize it was a BB gun until they approached the man.
The grand jury spent around 11 hours reviewing evidence and hearing testimony from nine witnesses.