FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — A grand jury has indicted a former suburban Dallas police officer in the shooting death of a teenage burglary suspect and the wounding of another boy.

The Dallas County jury this week indicted 36-year-old Ken Johnson on counts of murder and aggravated assault stemming from the March 13 incident that led to the death of 16-year-old Jose Cruz.

Johnson was employed as a Farmers Branch officer but was off-duty when authorities say he witnessed the teens stealing a vehicle. He chased them in his own vehicle. Surveillance video appears to show him ramming the one containing the teens, bringing them to a stop. Johnson fired into that car, striking the duo.

Johnson’s attorneys have said he feared for his life.

He later resigned as an officer.

VIAThe Associated Press
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