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Grand jury won't seek indictment against CCPD officer who mistakenly shot man

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 13:51:47-04

A Nueces County grand jury has voted not to seek an indictment against a Corpus Christi police officer who mistakenly shot a man in March.

That decision by decision by the grand jury was made last Thursday but it wasn't announced until this morning.

That officer involved officer involved shooting happened back on March 26.

Senior officer Gilbert Cantu and Officer Jacqueline DeLeon were investigating a convenience store robbery in the the area of Baldwin.

While searching for two suspects when they found Richard "Richie" Salazar outside of his home.

He reportedly matched the description of one of the suspects.

Officer Cantu said Salazar didn't comply with his demands and had what he thought was a gun in his hand.

It turned out to be a lighter.

Salazar was shot several times.

“There will undoubtedly be some members of the public who will view this as a forgone conclusion, believing either that we did not take the case seriously or that we, working in league with CCPD, quote made the case go away,” First Assistant District Attorney Matt Manning said. “These beliefs could not be further from the truth."

The grand jury last week voted not to indict Officer Cantu.

Both officers are back on duty.

The District Attorney's office says a 46-page report on this incident will be released later today.