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DPS trooper will not face charges in teen's shooting

DPS trooper will not face charges in teen's shooting
Suit against off-duty DPS officer
Posted at 3:20 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 16:29:10-04

The Department of Public Safety trooper accused of shooting and killing a teen this summer on the city's south side will not stand trial.

Nueces County Asst. District Attorney Matt Manning said the District Attorney's office recently presented the case to a Nueces County Grand Jury, who did not find probable cause to file charges.

"The grand jury did not return an indictment," he said.

Police say at 1:30 a.m. on July 10, the off-duty trooper was in his home in the 7000 block of Clubgate Dr., near Staples Street and Lipes Boulevard when his security system notified him of movement in his driveway. When he went outside, he saw 17-year old Ronald Elizondo Jr. in his car.

A confrontation reportedly took place between the two, ending in the trooper shooting the teen.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley said the trooper was never placed on administrative leave.

"The incident happened off-duty and no department issued equipment was used," he said. "He wasn't given any time off or suspended."