Stratford Police officers involved in deadly shooting will not face criminal charges

Stratford Police officers involved in deadly shooting will not face criminal charges
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

SHERMAN COUNTY, TX (KFDA) - The Stratford Police officers involved in a shooting incident earlier this year that left one man dead will not face any criminal charges.

A Sherman County grand jury reviewed the case today and returned a no bill, meaning they determined there is not a probable cause to charge the officers of a crime as a result of deadly force.

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The 69th Judicial District Attorney David Green said on February 20, a vehicle was reported stolen from a Walgreens parking lot in Inglewood, California by 23 year old Darion Baker and 25 year old Gregory Dees Junior of Memphis, Tennessee.

The next day, Stratford officers Richard Coborn and Michael McHugh spotted the vehicle coming into Stratford on US-54.

The stolen vehicle pulled into the Pilot Truck Stop at US-54 and US-287.

Coborn and McHugh called the Inglewood Police Department to confirm the status of the vehicle before pulling it over.

According to Green, Baker and Dees, refused to comply with commands to exit the vehicle, and shifted the car into drive.

Officer Coborn said he then saw Baker reach down toward floor board between drivers seat and console while the vehicle was moving forward.

Coborn and McHugh then both opened fire.

The stolen vehicle then turned left, crossed US-54 and entered the Toot-N-Totum parking lot before coming to a stop.

Emergency medical services were called, and officers administered lifesaving measures to Baker until they arrived.

Baker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dees was apprehended and booked into the Sherman County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

He has since posted bond and has been released.

Green said the grand jury spent more than two hours on the case this morning.

You can watch the full interview with him here:

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