A Texas deputy shot and killed an unarmed Navy veteran during a traffic stop, then the sheriff in charge lied about it, saying the deputy and the man were engaged in a shootout where the deputy was fired upon first, prompting him to fire his weapon eight times.
But that never happened.
Dash cam video released this week shows not only was there no shootout, Lyle P. Blanchard, 59, didn’t even have a gun when he exited his vehicle – only to be struck by four of eight rounds fired by Bell County Sheriff’s Corporal Shane Geers in Harker Heights, Texas.
Police also claim Blanchard had anti-police literature, bomb materials and other weaponry stashed at his house.
But that wasn’t true either.
The video shows Geers approaches Blanchard’s body three minutes after shooting him, but does not attempt to render any aid.
Beers was then cleared by a Bell County grand jury February 15 after Ranger Justin Duck conducted an investigation, according to the Killeen Daily Herald.
After deputy Geer shot Blanchard, Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange apparently lied to reporters at the scene. You can hear Sheriff Lange state clearly to a n Geers shot Blanchard during a “gun battle” in the video directly below.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPJjeXU02ug?feature=oembed&w=620&h=465] Lange’s ramblings to the press were not included in the Ranger’s investigation, and Geer’s testimony to the rangers given several days after the shooting did not mention any exchange of gun fire.
According to Geers’ testimony in the transcribed report, Geers stated Blanchard refused clearly-stated verbal commands after Blanchard stopped his SUV and yelled obscenities at Geers through his driver’s-side window, which was open.
“I continued to loudly and clearly instruct him to show me his hands, as they were both not visible,” Geers stated. “Instead of complying, the driver yelled other obscenities at me during my approach.”
But dash cam video shows Geers left his emergency sirens on throughout the incident,