No criminal charges to be filed in officer-involved shooting in - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

No criminal charges to be filed in officer-involved shooting in Alto

Posted: Updated:
CHEROKEE COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - The Cherokee County grand jury voted Monday to "no bill" the case involving an Alto man who was fatally shot in January by a police officer, according to a news release from the District Attorney's Office.

"No criminal charges will be filed," the news release states.

The decision came after the grand jury for the Second Judicial District Court reviewed physical evidence and witness statements as well as audio, video and photos, according to a news release. Texas Ranger Rudy Flores, the lead investigator, also testified.

The case stems from Jan. 23, when the Alto Police Department responded to an aggravated robbery at the Pick N Go, 100 S. Marcus St., about 4:30 p.m., Capt. John Raffield with the Cherokee County Sheriff''s Office said.

Following the incident, James Eric Griffin, 48, of Alto, was fatally shot by Officer Brandon Michael Smith, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Raffield has said the officer shot Griffin on U.S. Highway 69, which is Marcus Street, about three blocks south of the Texas Highway 21 intersection, near where the Pick N Go is located.

After the incident, the officer was placed on administrative leave with pay based on the department's standard operating procedures, the news release states.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Girl, 4, allegedly killed by her mom is laid to rest

    Girl, 4, allegedly killed by her mom is laid to rest

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:38:53 GMT
    ATHENS (KYTX) - A four-year-old Athens girl Victoria Wyatt has been laid to rest, a little less than a week after her mother confessed to killing her.More >>
    ATHENS (KYTX) - A four-year-old Athens girl Victoria Wyatt has been laid to rest, a little less than a week after her mother confessed to killing her.More >>
  • 1 dead, 13 injured after lightning strikes Southern California

    1 dead, 13 injured after lightning strikes Southern California

    A sunny day at California's famed Venice Beach took a dark turn Sunday when one person died and a dozen others were injured after a rare lightning strike. A man in his mid-20s died at the hospital after being transported from Venice Beach.More >>
    A sunny day at California's famed Venice Beach took a dark turn Sunday when one person died and a dozen others were injured after a rare lightning strike. A man in his mid-20s died at the hospital after being transported from Venice Beach.More >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: You Don't Know Where That's Been

    SPECIAL REPORT: You Don't Know Where That's Been

    After a few disastrous flu seasons, and recent increases in staph infections nationwide, spreading germs is becoming more and more serious. In a special report, we tested a bunch of things we touch every day to see how filthy they really are.More >>
    After a few disastrous flu seasons, and recent increases in staph infections nationwide, spreading germs is becoming more and more serious. In a special report, we tested a bunch of things we touch every day to see how filthy they really are.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.