Breaking News
More () »

As supervisors praise them, deputies in Ambler case yet to give statement

Officials say they are awaiting the conclusion of the Travis County investigation.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Deputies involved in the chase and clash that led to the death of Javier Ambler have not provided formal written statements to internal affairs investigators with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, 15 months after the fatal encounter.

Experts say taking such statements is crucial to understanding what happened the night of Ambler's death on March 28, 2019.

Sheriff's officials said they have based their determination that Deputies J.J. Johnson and Zach Camden did not violate policy on viewing video evidence in the case.

“In-car video and body cams, both of which were previously produced to APD by WilCo, provided the WilCo sheriff’s department the ability to confirm no policy violations occurred,” Jason Nassour, an assistant county attorney who represents the agency, wrote in a text. “The ability to close the internal affairs investigation is procedural at this point to the extent that their statements are still required.”


Law enforcement experts weigh in on Javier Ambler death

Host of 'Live PD' responds to show's cancellation, Javier Ambler's death

Sheriff's officials said they are awaiting the outcome of a criminal investigation in Travis County being done by the Austin police special investigations unit and prosecutors before closing their internal affairs case.

They said at that point, they may take a written statement from the deputies as a "procedural" matter.


Texas leaders react to Javier Ambler's 2019 death in deputies' custody

‘I can’t breathe!’ | Video released from 2019 death of Austin-area black man in deputies’ custody

Johnson and Camden remained on patrol and were featured on "Live PD" after Ambler's death. By contrast, many departments place employees on leave pending the outcome of a death-in-custody investigation.


Country group Lady Antebellum changes band name over word's association to slavery

#WeAreOne | Texas Longhorn athletes demand changes from UT regarding racial injustice

List: Black-owned Austin-area businesses you can support

Before You Leave, Check This Out