Newly obtained police reports shed light on deadly officer-involved shooting

Posted at 9:46 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 22:57:07-04

Eighty-six pages of documents from the Waco Police Departments involving an Aug. 1 deadly officer-involved shooting shed new light on the violent encounter.

The Waco SWAT Team shot and killed Kerry Bradley near the intersection of 23rd Street and Olive Avenue while they say they were trying to serve a search warrant on his SUV and house on suspicions that he was dealing heroin.

The new documents obtained this week through open records request include police reports from many officers who tell the same story.

Officers say Bradley hit Officer William Graeber with his SUV as the officer commanded that he stop. The officers say Bradley then ran over Graeber, pinning him under the SUV. That's when officers say they shot and killed Bradley and lifted the rear end of the SUV to free Graeber, so an ambulance could get him to the hospital for life-saving treatment.

The new police reports reveal that officers had been investigating Bradley for around two months for allegedly dealing heroin and that they found a bag containing 12 capsules containing the drug near his body.

The documents also explain the absence of video of the deadly encounter, saying the SWAT team vehicles weren't equipped with dashboard cameras and the officers weren't wearing body cameras.

One officer also reported investigating a house near the shooting scene that had a bullet hole through the front door and wood splinters on the floor. The report stopped short of blaming the damage on a stray bullet from the shooting.

Read more: 
+Family of Kerry Bradley speak out, seek answers
Activist group, Kerry Bradley's family asks Waco City Council for independent investigation
+ Search warrant obtained for suspected heroin dealer involved in attack on officer 
Officer who was pinned under a vehicle after serving a search warrant identified
Waco officer run over by vehicle now out of the hospital

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