AUSTIN (KXAN) - A Travis County grand jury has declined to indict an Austin police officer involved in a shooting on May 8 in which no one was hurt.
The District Attorney's office said APD Officer Justin Boehm was stopped behind James Barton at a traffic light heading east at Airport Boulevard and 12th Street.
According to accounts at the time, Barton drove his pickup truck through the intersection while the light was still red, Boehm stopped him. According to the grand jury report, the officer saw Barton reach to the right in his vehicle, which he said made him cautious.
The report says the officer ordered Barton to stay in his vehicle, but he got out of his car and walked toward Boehm’s police unit. As Barton was walking toward Boehm, the officer observed Barton reach into the waistband area of his coveralls, using both hands.
Investigators said Boehm again ordered Barton to stay in his vehicle, and then saw him pull a black object out of his pocket. Boehm told investigators that he believed Barton had a weapon and that he feared for his life. Officials said he then fired at Barton.
Investigators said the shot did not hit Barton, but he dropped the black object, later determined to be his wallet, and returned to his vehicle.
Barton was later transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation and was released a short time later.
He said he suffered a panic attack from the incident and has filed a lawsuit against the city
The final decision was made by the grand jury, who heard from multiple witnesses, including Boehm.
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