There will be no criminal charges brought against the Austin police officer who shot and killed Ahmede Bradley last year.
Thursday, a Travis County grand jury no-billed Officer Eric Copeland, meaning they found charges were not warranted in the shooting or were not supported by evidence.
Last April, the Bradley shooting, and the chase that led up to it, raised questions about the Austin police chase policy.
Bradley was stopped by Officer Copeland while driving near the intersection of 51st Street and Manor Road around 6:40 p.m. Shortly after the shooting, Acevedo described the traffic stop as “friendly” until Bradley sped away in his car.
Copeland chased Bradley a short distance before Bradley abandoned his car in the 5200 block of Overbrook Drive and ran off.
Copeland caught up to the suspect and an altercation ensued. According to the Austin police chief, Copeland deployed his Taser, but it was ineffective.
The struggle continued, and Bradley choked Officer Copeland with his own radio cord and fought to gain control of the officer’s firearm. Fearing for his life, Copeland fired “several” shots at the suspect, hitting him an unknown number of times. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
After Bradley’s death, critics said that APD's policy of chasing down suspects who don't pose a clear threat to the public leads to violent confrontations.