AUSTIN – Austin Police say a 5-year veteran who fired his weapon at a driver during a routine traffic stop in May acted unreasonably during and after the ordeal.
APD Officer Justin Boehm was suspended indefinitely Friday.
“It's important for this community to know that as always we take the use of deadly force, the discharge of a firearm very seriously in this city and this department,” said Chief Art Acevedo with Austin Police.
The driver, James Barton is seen in Boehm’s dashboard camera video running a red light on Airport Boulevard.
Barton got out of his truck and apparently dropped his wallet and that’s when the drama began.
“First thing he said is I feel safer on the streets and I think actually all the people of Austin should feel a bit safer,” said Barton’s attorney Jim Harrington with the Texas Civil Rights Project.
Barton and his attorneys are now suing the Austin Police Department in a civil suit.
“I don't think this makes Officer Boehm a bad person but based on the totality of the evidence, we don't think Officer Boehm needs to be a member of the Austin Police Department,” added Chief Acevedo.
It isn’t clear if Boehm will attempt to get his job back with APD.