Just What Happened the Night a Garland Officer Shot a Suicidal Teen? Hard to Tell.
The officer in question, W.M. Green, is now a defendant in a lawsuit filed last week by the teen's family. Jose and Alicia Elizondo, the parents of Ruddy Elizondo, filed a civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit in Dallas County District Court on May 12.
According to heavily redacted police reports obtained by Unfair Park, another officer reported that Green, who arrived first on the scene, fired in self-defense. "The offender then charged toward Officer Green in an aggressive manner with the knife. Fearing for his life, Officer Green fired his departmental issued handgun," reads the narrative by Officer J. M. Voelz.
However, Ruddy Elizondo's sister, who witnessed the incident, says her brother never threatened the officer. All the police reports are available after the jump.
Although the sister's testimony is critical to the pending lawsuit, says Geoff Henley, the family's lawyer, he believes he has a case even without it.
"Even if that were the gospel, Officer Green is still way off," says Henley.
The officer dispatched on a suicide call should not have entered a home alone, says Henley, nor should he have used a firearm when there are non-lethal options, including a Taser or rubber bullets.
"The Garland police treated a suicidal teen worse than we routinely treat convicts," says Henley.