No charges filed against Longview officers who shot, killed 15-year-old robbery suspect

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM CST
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Justin Aguilar (Source: Facebook)
Justin Aguilar (Source: Facebook)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - No criminal charges will be filed against against three officers who shot 15-year-old Justin Aguilar during a gun battle with police in March.

A Gregg County grand jury declined to return indictments against the officers.

Longview police say Aguilar attempted to rob the New-Way gas station located in the 1300 block of S. Green Street. A store clerk was able to give a description of Aguilar and he was located a short time later down the street.

Police say when officers spotted Aguilar and approached, he removed a handgun from his waistband and fired at an officer in a patrol vehicle. The officer got out of his car and Aguilar fired several more shots. Three of the four total shots Aguilar fired struck the passenger side of the police car, shattering the rear window.

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Another officer arrived and fired, striking Aguilar in the right calf, causing the teen to fall to the ground police say. He ran to the backyard of a home and positioned himself behind a small fence.

A civilian riding with one of the officers, as well as a neighborhood resident, told investigators that they observed someone shooting at police before the officers fired.

As additional officers arrived and began to establish a perimeter, one of them heard Aguilar shout, "I'm changing magazines." Crossing a chain link fence, the officer took cover behind a tree where he saw Aguilar crouching, holding a weapon in his hand.

Police say as other officers approached Aguilar, the officer shouted twice for him to drop his weapon. When he failed to comply, two officers fired at the teen.

Evidence recovered by the Texas Rangers at the scene where Aguilar was shot included a .380 caliber handgun, two empty .380 magazines, one .380 caliber bullet and one spent. .380 caliber shell casing. 

The Gregg County District Attorney's Office released the following statement on Thursday:

This is tragic, for the family of Justin Aguilar, as well as the officers. No peace officer wants to shoot someone while in the line of duty. The loss of this young man's life is truly sad, yet under the circumstances, his actions presented the officers with little choice. Having shown no reluctance to shoot at law enforcement officers, Mr. Aguilar did not drop he weapon and surrender, even after being asked to do so. The officers were exposed and vulnerable at that point. To protect the lives of others, these officers did what Texas law allows, they used deadly law force against deadly force.

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