A Texas police officer was fired from his job 2 days after fatally shooting a 40-year-old man during a low-speed chase | MCU Times

A Texas police officer was fired from his job 2 days after fatally shooting a 40-year-old man during a low-speed chase

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  • A Texas police officer was fired after violating his department’s policy during a shooting that killed a man.

  • Jesse Joseph Fischer was fatally shot after a low-speed chase on Wednesday.

  • Arlington police officer Robert Phillips was fired last Friday, local news reported.

A Texas police officer was fired Friday for violating police use of force after he shot and killed a 40-year-old man after a low-speed chase that took place two days earlier, KXAS-TV first reported.

Arlington Police Chief Al Jones announced the firing of Officer Robert Phillips on a press conference Friday according to the report. Phillips had been in power for seven years, the report said.

Jones also released the body camera and dashcam footage from the October 20 incident that resulted in the death of the man identified by police as Jesse Joseph Fischer.

On Wednesday afternoon, Phillips and another officer responded to a 911 call about a man, Fischer, crashing into his vehicle while on a busy parkway in Arlington, Texas. Dallas Morning News reported. According to the report, when officers approached Fischer, he drove off.

When Fischer stopped at an intersection, Phillips demanded that he turn off his car and “throw out the keys,” according to the footage. WFAA. Fischer drove away again.

The dashcam video showed the moment Fischer turned around and tried to make a U-turn in a dead end, causing Phillips to leave his vehicle and fire his weapon several times through Fischer’s windshield, according to the WFAA report.

By Friday press conference, Jones said he “thoroughly reviewed the video footage for this case. I also reviewed other relevant topics, including interviews that have been conducted,” although he acknowledged that the department has not fired an officer for two days, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“I do not think we have ever fired anyone in two days,” he said.

“Facts as we know them today are not going to change,” Jones added. “As a result of the administrative review, I have decided to terminate his employment.”

Jones said Phillips could have taken various measures to avoid shooting Fischer, stating that he could have been in his vehicle “so he did not put himself in a situation where he had to use lethal force,” reported Dallas Morning News.

The WFAA reported that Phillips did not follow the department’s policy of not firing on a moving car and only using lethal force when necessary in order to “protect yourself or someone else.”

JP Mason, president of the Arlington Police Association, which represents officers, said “the department must allow the overall investigation to be conducted and all the facts reviewed before making such punitive actions against the officer,” Dallas Morning News reported.

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