No Charges Filed Against Cop Who Shot 72-Year-Old On His Own Driveway
Officer arrived at wrong address and shot homeowner seven times because he “felt threatened”
January 30, 2014
Yesterday a grand jury declined to charge a Ft. Worth, Texas police officer who killed a 72-year-old man on his own driveway after arriving at the wrong address.
The jury’s decision not to indict R.A. “Alex” Hoepper for the May 28 shooting death of Jerry Waller came after prosecutors presented 25 hours of testimony over four days, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
Waller died after Hoepper shot him seven times as the officer and his partner arrived at his house, mistakingly thinking that the burglary alarm going off across the street came from Waller’s residence.
Waller had been walking down his driveway with his gun to investigate the alarm he heard from his neighbor’s house.
“The 72-year-old man didn’t even make it to the house across the street before he was shot,” CBS Fort Worth reported. “He died on his own property.”