After almost two days of deliberations, a Dallas County jury discovered a former Farmers Department police officer responsible of homicide and aggravated assault Tuesday afternoon. Ken Johnson, 37, shot two youngsters in March 2016 after he caught them breaking into his Chevy Tahoe at his Farmers Department house complicated. Sheriff’s deputies took Johnson, who’d been out of jail on bail through the trial, into custody instantly after the decision. He is set to be sentenced Jan. eight.
Johnson was off obligation and out of uniform when he noticed Jose Cruz and Edgar Rodriguez, each sixteen, breaking into his SUV. As Cruz and Rodriguez tried to get away from Johnson in Cruz’s purple Dodge Challenger, Johnson gave chase in his Tahoe, ultimately ramming into the Challenger at Spring Valley Street and Marsh Lane.
After forcing Cruz and Rodriguez off the street, Johnson received out of his automotive because it rolled into visitors and fired sixteen photographs on the two youngsters. Cruz died on the scene from a shot to the top. Rodriguez, hit within the head and hand, survived however misplaced a finger and needed to have his ear reconstructed.
One among Johnson’s protection attorneys, Robert Rogers, advised jurors that “intuition and adrenaline” led his shopper to shoot Cruz and Rodriguez, who have been unarmed, in self protection.
“Ken Johnson had a time off, however whenever you’re a peace officer, you by no means have a day without work,” Rogers stated, in accordance with reporters within the courtroom.
The state’s witnesses painted a unique image of the capturing.
“I assumed I used to be witnessing a homicide,” Michael Stanislaus, an Addison resident who noticed the capturing, stated final week. “He charged the automotive together with his gun drawn and began unloading into the driving force aspect.”
Rodriguez, the teenager who survived the capturing, informed jurors that Johnson started capturing with none sort of a warning.
“He shot for no cause. He simply began capturing with out saying something earlier than. He did not inform us to get out of the automotive or nothing,” Rodriguez stated.
Johnson resigned from the Farmers Department Police Division after he was indicted in September 2016. A civil go well with filed by Cruz’s household towards Johnson and the town of Farmers Department is pending.