Following a prolonged investigation, the grand jury’s resolution on the costs of homicide and reckless murder got here down Thursday. ABC7 is just not figuring out the police officer as a result of he has not been charged with any crime.
The officer shot Bouler on November 17, 2019 whereas responding to a report of an intoxicated man with a weapon at an condo on Roosevelt Road in Gary.
Investigators stated they discovered that the 82-year-old was drunk and armed with a handgun that he’d threatened to make use of to hurt himself and others.
The officer stated Bouler was sitting in a automobile outdoors the complicated when he pulled out a silver revolver from his proper pocket and pointed it on the officer.
“[He] responded to the fireplace arm being pointed at him and commanded Bouler to drop the gun, fired his service weapon by means of the entrance window defend of the car hanging Bouler and inflicting him to drop the weapon,” stated Commander Michael Stewart, Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Bouler was struck a number of instances and critically wounded. Authorities stated they recovered a loaded weapon from inside his purple Nissan Altima. He died two months later.
Thursday afternoon, the officer’s legal professional stated whereas her consumer is relieved by the grand jury’s resolution, he is remorseful that Melvin Bouler died.
“This has tremendously impacted him,” stated Jamise Perkins, the officer’s protection legal professional. “He solely fired his weapon as a result of he feared for his life.”
However attorneys for Bouler’s household stated he was listening to impaired and wasn’t intoxicated or a hazard to anybody. They’ve filed a wrongful loss of life civil lawsuit in federal courtroom accusing metropolis officers of negligence.
“It is simply a type of issues the place it would not sit properly with you,” stated Robert Beeman, Bouler household legal professional.
The town of Gary denies any wrongdoing. Gary police stated the officer has been on paid administrative depart, however having been cleared of any legal costs, can now return to lively responsibility.
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