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Texas Officer Who Shot Mentally Ill Man Fired

DALLAS (October 24, 2013) A Dallas police officer who shot a mentally ill man in a disputed incident caught on tape has been fired, police Chief David Brown announced Thursday.

He apologized for the actions of Officer Cardan Spencer, who had been on administrative leave since the Oct. 14 shooting.

Brown initially said at a news conference that Spencer would be charged with aggravated assault, but police later issued a statement saying a judge declined to sign the warrant.

The case will be sent to a grand jury for review instead.

Spencer wrote in a police report that he shot Bobby Gerald Bennett, 52, after the man lunged at him and another officer with a knife, but video captured by a neighbor's surveillance camera showed Bennett didn't appear to move toward the officers before he was shot.

Bennett was hit in the abdomen and remains hospitalized.

Bennett's mother, Joyce Jackson, says her son suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The video prompted an outcry and Spencer was placed on indefinite administrative leave.


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