Cops go to wrong house, blame ‘bad lighting,’ shoot and kill elderly man

(Before It’s News)   Two Fort Worth police officers made a fatal and devastating mistake when they responded to a late-night burglary in progress back in May and went to the wrong house.

They arrived at 404 Havenwood Lane instead of the intended home across the street at 409 Havenwood Lane. The officers blame their mistake on poor lighting around the home, but an affidavit released this week stated that the home they entered had a brick mailbox next to the street which had the numbers “404” clearly inscribed on it.

As 72-year-old Jerry Waller noticed bright lights outside of his window, he armed himself with a .38 and went to see what was going on. That’s where the details get sketchy.

The officers claimed that they came upon Waller outside of the garage, they identified themselves as police officers and told Waller to drop his weapon. Instead, Waller pointed his gun at them and that’s when they shot him.

However, Waller’s widow, Kathy, claims that her husband never left the garage. She stated that she heard yelling, immediately followed by gunshots.

Waller’s body was found in the garage, a few feet from the kitchen door.

Waller’s family told reporters that they are “deeply troubled by the police department misrepresenting details of the incident.” His widow also stated, “Married 46 years, and then somebody gets a little trigger-happy and away they go.”

At the time of the shooting, both officers had been with the department for less than a year. They have since been returned to full-time duty.

An investigation into is still ongoing.

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4 Responses to Cops go to wrong house, blame ‘bad lighting,’ shoot and kill elderly man

  • Here’s something to consider…. What the Hell were two cops on the job for less than a year paired together on a night shift instead of each one riding with a seasoned officer…

    And now they’re back on duty as though it never happened… This story stinks!!!

    His mistake was going outside instead of letting the cops come for him where he’d have the advantage… What a shame…

  • seems to me I have been reading to many police mistakes from the great Republic of Texas…especially Dallas-Fort Worth area…way past time to look into the lack of training or the hiring of LEO….imho

  • The Police Officer(s) that shot Jerry Waller should be charged and convicted of first degree murder, Period

  • Amen, White Rabbit…

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