Texas police fatally shot a man at an Applebees restaurant after the suspect pulled a gun.
Police responded to a call about some stolen beer at an East Texas Walmart. They followed James Bushey, 47, to an Applebee’s bathroom and the body cam footage captures the ensuing violent encounter.
Sgt. Gabriel Green and Officer Kaylyn Griffin initiated contact with Bushey, asking him to step outside to be questioned. Bushey complied, but once out of the restaurant the suspect drew what was later determined to be a pellet gun.
The officers acted swiftly and both opened fire on Bushey, fatally shooting him.
Palestine Police Captain James Muniz issued a statement regarding the shooting, calling the event “unfortunate.”
“It’s very unfortunate that the police officers were put in this position,” said Muniz. “They felt that they had no choice but to defend themselves at that time.”
The shooting was determined to be a “good shoot” and both officers were cleared by a grand jury.
(The following was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)