Waco officers cleared by grand jury in Twin Peaks shooting

Waco Police officers involved in the Twin Peaks Shooting have been cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury.

WACO - Three Waco Police officers involved in the May 17, 2015 shootings at Twin Peaks were cleared of any criminal charges Wednesday by a McLennan County Grand Jury.

The Waco Police Department sent out a statement just after Noon.

"Our department along with numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have worked tirelessly on the still on-going investigation of Twin Peaks.  We have completed an exhaustive internal investigation on the officer involved portion of the incident which was reviewed by the Texas Rangers.  The three officers have been cleared by the investigation, and the action of the Grand Jury affirms those findings." 

The officers involved in the incident are 15-year Officer Andy O’Neal, 11-year Officer Michael Bucher and 9-year Officer Heath Jackson.

“These officers acted professional under very difficult circumstances," said Interim Chief Frank Gentsch,  "I’m glad to have this caliber of officers protecting our city.   I appreciate the job conducted by the Department Investigators, the Texas Rangers, the McLennan County DA’s office and the Grand Jury in this case.  I will be returning these officers to full duty immediately.”

Nine bikers were killed and more than 20 others injured in the shooting that broke out in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks in Waco.

McLennan Count District Attorney Abel Reyna released a statement:

"Today, the McLennan County Grand Jury found that the deadly force used by
three Waco Police Department Officers in the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks
Shootout was justified under the law.  The Grand Jury gave vigilant and
thorough consideration of all the evidence in this investigation.  We very
much respect and agree with the decision of the Grand Jury.  These officers
acted in accordance with their training and the laws of the State of Texas.
I want to thank these officers for their courage and bravery, the Texas
Rangers for their unconditional assistance, Waco PD for their cooperation,
and the members of the Grand Jury for their careful and thoughtful
deliberation on this matter.  I am pleased that these officers will be able
to resume their duties of protecting our community and keeping us safe."
-    Abel Reyna, McLennan County District Attorney's Office

(© 2016 KCEN)


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