Judge declares mistrial in Texas manslaughter case of ex-officer

FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Police lights (KXAN File Photo)

DALLAS (AP) — A state district judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former North Texas police officer charged with manslaughter after shooting 41 times at a fleeing suspect.

Judge Quay Parker declared the mistrial Monday after being told by jurors they were hung and further deliberations would not help.

Former Garland officer Patrick Tuter was on trial for the 2012 shooting death of Michael Vincent Allen.

Allen was wanted for running from police days earlier. Dashboard cameras revealed that Tuter slammed his squad car into Allen’s truck and then fired at him.

Tuter told investigators he thought Allen had a gun, but they determined Allen was unarmed.

Tuter was fired in 2013 after supervisors found he violated the department’s pursuit and use-of-force policies.