Grand Jury: No Charges For Officer Who Shot Man In Neck

Potter County District Attorney Randall Sims
Potter County District Attorney Randall Sims

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas -  No charges will be filed against an Amarillo police officer in a shooting, but the man who was shot still faces the law.

A Potter County grand jury said today Officer Blake Henchcliff acted appropriately when he shot Michael Wayne Bramblet at a home on 10th & Browning almost three weeks ago.

Henchcliff will return to active duty Wednesday night after being on restrictive leave since the shooting.

As for Bramblet, he is still in the hospital, paralyzed from the neck down.  But he does have two criminal complaints filed against him - aggravated assault against a public servant and using a deadly weapon against a civilian.

Potter County District Attorney Randall Sims says, "there are numerous other charges that could be filed against Mr. Bramblet, but the office has decided not to file those particular charges due to his condition at this time."

Sims also says Bramblet will not be arrested right now, either.  He adds, "we will not be arresting Mr. Bramblet on the two charges filed, for numerous reasons...awaiting, if possible, his recovery for the injuries he sustained."

Police say the last time they heard, Bramblet was on a ventilator only able to communicate with his eyes.

Sims says if Bramblet gets better, he will be arrested.

Officer Henchcliff shot him three weeks ago during a standoff, when Bramblet made a threatening motion with his gun.