Officer cleared after going to wrong address, shooting innocent grandpa in his garage


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Jerry Waller and one of his grandchildren in a photo taken before his death. (Source: Waller Family)

FORT WORTH, TX — An elderly man was slain in his own garage because police “inadvertently began searching” the wrong address while investigating a burglary call. Spotting a man who appeared “standoffish” in his own garage, police opened fire, killing a 72-year-old grandfather. After months of investigation, the officer has been cleared and is back on the streets.

In the earliest hour of May 28th, 2013, Jerry Waller was awoken after midnight to the sound of his neighbor’s home burglar alarm. Doing the neighborly thing, Mr. Waller got out of bed to check on the family next door. He took a pistol with him as his wife stayed behind.

Fort Worth Police were dispatched and arrived at the scene at 12:58 a.m. Only the officers didn’t go to the address of the alarm. They “inadvertently began searching” the property of Jerry and Kathy Waller at 404 Havenwood — across the road from the automated burglary alert.

Jerry & Kathy Waller had been married 46 years. (Souce: Family Photo)

Jerry & Kathy Waller had been married 46 years. (Souce: Family Photo)

Officers B.B. Hanlon and R.A. “Alex” Hoeppner walked onto the Wallers’ property and approached the darkened house with their flashlights lit. As Officer Hoeppner neared the residence, he spotted Mr. Waller, who was cautiously surveying the scene from inside his garage.

A confrontation ensued between the homeowner and the intruders carrying guns and flashlights. Unfortunately only one side survived to tell their version of the events.

The undisputed fact is that Waller was shot 7 times in his own garage.

Officer Hoepnner claims that when he spotted Mr. Waller, he identified himself and commanded the homeowner to drop his gun. According to the police narrative, Waller was hesitant to comply with commands of the strangers. After momentarily setting his gun down, Waller allegedly “freaked out” and “lost it” and picked the gun back up and assumed a “ready” stance, aiming his pistol at police officers. Hoepnner opened fire.

The senior citizen was struck multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. His slanted driveway was stained with a trail of his blood and his distraught wife had to be taken to the hospital for emotional distress.

The loss was devastating to the community. “They are just a nice retired couple, that loved …read more

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