Texas Off-Duty Officer Arrested and Charged After Following, Shooting Several Shots at Unarmed Black Woman

Texas Off-Duty Officer Arrested and Charged After Following, Shooting Several Shots at Unarmed Black Woman

A Texas officer has been arrested and is no longer on the force after shooting an unarmed Black woman earlier this week. Police officials have said the incident may be a possible case of road rage. Lacresha Murray of Copperas Cove told KWTX on May 23  she got into an altercation with the then-off-duty officer, Eric Stoneburner. Murray said she was attempting to make her way to a nearby hospital after feeling ill.

According to police, once Murray made a U-turn in her 2008 Dodge Dakota pickup truck being driven by Stoneburner, he went around Murray, subsequently she went around him, and then he began tailgating her until she got to a stop sign. That’s when she says she decided to get out of her car and confront Stoneburner, also had his 4-year-old granddaughter in his vehicle at the time.

Court documents obtained by KDH, says Murray exited her car, “walked towards Stoneburner’s vehicle and stopped at the rear of her vehicle, with her right hand inside her waistband.” Stoneburner got out of his car and “pointed his duty handgun and aimed it at Murray while commanding her to show her hands and stop.”

Murray claims the man never identified himself as a cop. “When I turned around to run back to my truck and get out of there, I just heard pop pop pop pop, and all I could do was bend over and duck,” she told the news station. “He just started shooting, all I could do was lean over, and he hit me six times. I’m a victim that got shot by an off-duty police officer that did not identify himself.”

Murray said Stoneburner only identified himself after seeing witnesses recording. The victim was transported the hospital non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and could later walk and talk during her interview.

An associate professor of criminal justice at Texas A&M University-Central Texas told KDH after the incident Murray’s request is seemingly not feasible because there are no guidelines or laws requiring an off-duty officer to adhere to official protocols. “Even though you’re always considered ‘on duty,’ what that really means is you’re responsible for your actions on and off duty,” Bracewell explained. “It doesn’t mean you’re always required or expected to act.”

Stoneburner  has since resigned from the department before turning himself in at the Coryell County Jail on May 27. Stoneburner was later charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury using a deadly weapon. He has since been released.

In a statement, CCP Chief Eddie Wilson said, “As a department, we cannot support Mr. Stoneburner’s decision to use deadly force in the moment and manner in which did.”

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