FARMERS BRANCH, Texas — Emotions were running high as the family of 16-year-old Jose Raul Cruz met with Farmers Branch PD Tuesday morning.
According to investigators, Cruz was breaking into cars in an Addison apartment complex parking lot Sunday night when Officer Ken Johnson, who was off-duty, spotted them.
“When he approached them, the young men fled in their vehicle. He followed them to the intersection of Marsh and Spring Valley where the young man’s car spun out in the intersection and an altercation ensued,” Addison Police Chief Paul Spencer explained.
Officer Johnson then shot and killed Cruz.
“The family believes that the officer acted inappropriately, that force was not necessary, and that the life of Jose Cruz should not have been taken,” family spokesperson Carlos Quintanilla said.
“Officer Johnson was in fear of his life when he took the shots and he believed that fear was justified,” Officer Johnson’s attorney, Christopher Livingston, told NewsFix.
“You can clearly see in these pictures, there is no fear for his life. We are asking that the District Attorney file murder charges against officer Johnson,” Quintanilla said.
Addison PD is heading up the investigation, along with the Dallas County DA. That investigation will take time while Addison PD interviews eyewitnesses.
Meanwhile, Cruz’s family and friends are asking for justice.
“I know it won’t bring him back, but I just want to know why did he have to shoot him? Why did he have to take his life away?” Cruz’s girlfriend Julianna Saldivar said.