Former Farmers Branch officer indicted in shooting death of Dallas teen

Former officer indicted in deadly shooting

DALLAS, TX -- A Dallas County grand jury has indicted a former Farmers Branch officer on charges of murder and attempted murder.

The grand jury determined "that there was probable cause found that Ken Johnson knowingly caused the death of Jose Cruz and probable cause found that he committed aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against Edgar Rodriguez Arevalo" on March 13. 

MORE: Teen burglary suspect: Off-duty officer said nothing before fatal shooting

The grand jury's decision marks the first time in decades that an officer has been indicted on a murder charge in Dallas County. 

Johnson, 35, was off-duty when he said he saw two teens breaking into his SUV at his Farmers Branch apartment complex. Video captured the moment Johnson chased 16-year-old Jose Cruz's red Dodge Challenger down Marsh Lane. It appeared to show Johnson ram the back of the vehicle, which then spun out of control and crashed.

A picture taken by a bystander allegedly shows Johnson pointing a gun at the car.

MORE: Reports on Ken Johnson case

A warrant said Johnson used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot the teens and that he was "standing in the roadway" at Marsh Lane and Spring Valley Road with the gun when officers arrived.

Neither teen was armed. 

Other cases of officers charged in shootings:

  • Former Dallas police officer Cardan Spencer was charged with aggravated assault in the Oct. 2013 shooting of a mentally ill man who was standing still with a knife at his side. He was fired and indicted.
  • Former Dallas police officer Amy Wilburn was charged with aggravated assault for the December 2013 shooting an unarmed robbery suspect who an independent witness said had his hand up. Wilburn shot him at the end of a chase. She has said she believed he was reaching for a weapon.  She was fired and indicted.
  • Former Garland police Officer Patrick Tuter was charged with manslaughter in an August 2012 incident in which he shot a fleeing suspect 41 times. He was fired and indicted.

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