FORT WORTH, Texas (UKTN) — A former North Texas police officer was charged Thursday with one count of murder in the fatal shooting of a suspect after a slow-speed vehicle chase.
The Tarrant County grand jury has indicted former Arlington police officer Robert Phillips in the fatal Oct. 20 shooting of Jesse Fischer of Addison, Texas.
Phillips was fired two days after the shooting for violating Arlington Police Department policy. Phillips violated policy limiting when officers can get in the path of a moving vehicle and when they can shoot at a moving vehicle. Police Chief Al Jones said.
Phillips could face a sentence of five to 99 years or life in prison if convicted. It was unclear from prison records if he had an attorney.
Fischer had twice walked away from officers during traffic stops when he turned into a dead end street and turned his vehicle around, police said. Phillips stopped his vehicle, got out, then fired as Fischer walked towards him.