Farmers Branch officer indicted for murder in June 12 shooting

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Following a grand jury indictment, the Dallas County district attorney has charged Farmers Branch police officer Michael Dunn with murder in the fatal shooting of Juan Moreno on June 12 in Dallas.

Dunn, 43, who had been on administrative leave during the investigation, turned himself in Wednesday night to police in Seagoville and was released on bail from the Dallas County Jail, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story. Dallas police conducted the investigation of the shooting.

Moreno, 35, the driver of a pickup truck reported stolen in Irving, was shot by Dunn as he was pulling out of a parking space just inside the Dallas city limits. Doctors at Parkland Memorial Hospital later pronounced him dead.

Video taken by police and obtained by reporters with WFAA-TV shows police approaching the truck, Moreno pulling away and swerving in front of Dunn, who pulls his sidearm and fires at the driver’s side, the bullets hitting the driver. Two occupants in the pickup, who were not hurt, were questioned by police and released, the story said.

Dallas investigators concluded on June 19 that based on their findings Dunn should be charged with murder, according to the story.

Dunn’s supervisor, Police Chief David Hale, declined to discuss specifics of the shooting or his department’s own internal investigation.

“At the end of the day, when we came into this profession we all understood that the truth is paramount and that we have to get to the truth,” Hale told the Star-Telegram. “And that’s what we want here.”

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