FT. WORTH -- A Fort Worth cop will go on trial over a shooting.
A grand jury indicted 33-year-old Officer Courtney Johnson for aggravated assault for last summer's shooting of a man carrying a barbecue fork. Fort Worth PD released video of the shooting early Wednesday.
In the video you see Officer Johnson approaching 55-year-old Craigory Adams in the street. Johnson then points his gun towards Adams, then suddenly after Adams sits down on the curb Johnson opens fire.
Adams was taken to the hospital but his wounds were not life-threatening. His family reportedly believes the shooting was racially motivated.
NewsFix was not able to reach the family for comment.
Chief Joel Fitzgerald addressed the incident in a press conference Wednesday, “We believe that race played no factor in this incident. This is in our opinion an unintentional shooting but a shooting nonetheless that our officer will have to deal with in the court of law.”
Chief Fitzgerald also said he doesn't think a lack of training was an issue in this situation, “Any officer can make a decision, those decisions are split second. We send them through police academy training, we send them through weapons proficiency training and he passed those.”
For now, Officer Johnson is on restricted duty while he awaits trial.