Officer not charged in 2012 fatal shooting

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News

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Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 6:21 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY -- What began as a routine traffic stop quickly turned deadly. On Thursday a Travis County grand jury made a ruling in the case of a fatal Austin police officer-involved shooting.

Members of the panel decided that Officer Eric Copeland was justified in using force when he shot and killed 35-year-old Ahmede Bradley on Manor Drive in April of 2012.

Officers say they responded to the incident back in 2012 because Bradley was playing music too loudly. Officer Copeland said he smelled marijuana and asked Bradley to step out of his car. That's when he says Bradley took off running. Copeland says he ran after him, trying to use his stun gun, but was unsuccessful. The two began struggling, and that's when neighbors called 911.

Police tell KVUE that during the two-minute struggle, Bradley began choking Officer Copeland with the cord from his police radio.

"We know that enough force was applied either offensively or defensively in the cord being stretched across Officer Copeland's throat that the trans-receiver head from Copeland's radio was actually separated from the cord," said Former Asst. Chief Sean Mannix with the Austin Police Department.

Investigators say Copeland was able to kick Bradley off of him, but when Bradley came at the officer again, Copeland shot him three times in the upper torso.

Officers believe Bradley was running from police because he was found carrying cocaine and $1,700 in his pocket. According to public records Bradley has a criminal history involving six convictions for evading arrest, more than a dozen convictions for DWI, drug possession, making a terrorist threat and assault.

Watch KVUE News tonight at 6 p.m. for more on this story.

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