AUSTIN -- According to the Travis County District Attorney, a grand jury failed to indict former Austin Police Department officer Geoffrey Freeman of the February 8th shooting of David Joseph.
Freeman responded to a call in a north Austin neighborhood after a description of a “young black male who was acting erratically” was chasing a resident of an apartment complex.
After speaking to witnesses, Freeman was unable to locate the suspect and began searching the area. Freeman then heard that the suspect – David Joseph – had jumped in front of a vehicle. “Freeman requested backup unites and drove to the area of the call,” according to the information provided by the District Attorney’s office.
Freeman located Joseph in the middle of the street, approximately 100 feet away. Officer Freeman then exited his vehicle and drew his weapon. Joseph then began “sprinting toward the officer and Freeman yelled for him to stop,” according to the release.
Officer Freeman then fired two shots, hitting Joseph both times.
Austin Police Department Releases Statement
The Austin Police Department respects the Travis County District Attorney’s Office grand jury process and the decision made in the officer involved shooting that occurred on Feb. 8, 2016. The Department stands by our previous administrative action and is ready to proceed with the indefinite suspension appeal process.