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Grand Jury decides to take no action in Port Arthur Police Officer involved shooting case

Officer Herschel Whiting was placed on leave per standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting 3/27/2014 Officer Herschel Whiting was placed on leave per standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting 3/27/2014

A Jefferson County Grand Jury voted to take no action against a Port Arthur Police Officer involved in a fatal shooting in March.

According to a news release issued by the DA’s office on Thursday, the officer was no billed in a March 27, 2014 officer-involved shooting that happened in the 1400 block of Peek Avenue.

Eduardo Rodriguez, 19, was approached by Port Arthur Police Officers investigating a report of an automobile accident in the 1400 block of Peek Avenue just before 2 p.m. on March 27. Rodriguez was a passenger in a pickup truck that had been pointed out by a bystander who reported seeing Rodriguez leave the accident scene.

When officers began talking with Rodriguez, he tried to force the driver of the truck to accelerate away, but the driver refused. At that time, both officers drew their weapons. As one officer tried to remove Rodriguez from the vehicle he began to fight with her and latched on to her duty weapon. A Taser ™ device was deployed against Rodriguez by the second officer, but he continued to fight for and eventually gained control of the gun from the first officer.

When Rodriguez failed to follow orders to drop the gun then came up off the ground armed and moving in an aggressive manner, the second officer fired several times and Rodriguez was mortally wounded.

As part of a standard autopsy ordered by Justice of the Peace Mark Derouen, blood toxicology revealed that Rodriguez had ingested a controlled substance prior to his death.

Following the decision by the Grand Jury, District Attorney Cory Crenshaw stated “While the loss of this young man’s life is unfortunate, the actions taken by the officers in this case were justified. Law enforcement officers take great personal risk in their efforts to protect us each and every day and we are grateful for their sacrifice and commitment to our community.”

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