Grand jury clears three officers involved in Twin Peaks shooting

Posted at 12:23 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 22:00:12-04

Three officers involved in the Twin Peaks shooting have been cleared after an internal investigation and an grand jury decision.

The McLennan County Grand Jury met Wednesday morning and completed the review. The three officers were “no billed” in the hearing.

The officers involved in the incident are 15-year Officer Andy O’Neal, 11-year Officer Michael Bucher and 9-year Officer Heath Jackson.

“These officers acted professional under very difficult circumstances.  I’m glad to have this caliber of officers protecting our city.   I appreciate the job conducted by the Department Investigators, the Texas Rangers, the McLennan County DA’s office and the Grand Jury in this case.  I will be returning these officers to full duty immediately,” Interim Chief Frank Gentsch said.

But people in Waco have mixed feelings about the grand jury's decision to not charge the officers with any crimes. 

Burton Reagan agrees with the decision.

"I think officers were just doing their jobs. They do what they have to do to protect and serve," Reagan said. 

Hannah Thomas thinks the whole situation could have been avoided if gun laws were different.

"I don't think many people would have been in danger if we had stricter gun rules," Thomas said. 

Ileana Montelongo said she's not sure whether or not the right decision was made.

"If [the grand jury] reviewed all of the facts and decided that the charges should not be brought, then we have to trust the system, I guess," Montelongo said. 

Nine people were killed and several injured in a shootout between biker gangs on May 17, 2015.

Rival biker gangs began to shoot at each other in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant, formerly located in the Central Texas Marketplace in Waco.

Over 100 bikers were charged with engaging in organized activity, aggravated assault and murder. 

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