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Grand jury finds no wrongdoing in Austin police shooting

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A Travis County grand jury has decided not to indict an Austin police officer in an officer-involved shooting last April.

The footage given to FOX 7 by the Travis County DA's Office shows Officer Copeland stopping Ahmede Bradley near the intersection of 51st Street and Manor for a sound violation.

Copeland smelled marijuana, noticed a white substance on Bradley's face and saw small baggies in the car. When Copeland asked him to step out of his vehicle, the DA says Bradley ran off and Copeland pursued him in his patrol unit.

When Copeland finally caught up with him, there was a struggle. Copeland told investigators Bradley was on top of him trying to choke him with his police radio cord and trying to get his gun.

Copeland was able to kick him away. When Bradley came at him again, that's when the officer fired.

"The grand jury had to look at whether he acted within his training and they heard from a training officer. And they talk about policy considerations. But then the grand jury really has to determine whether or not the officer was justified in defending himself or another in this case, himself. And so clearly the grand jury determined that he was justified," Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg said.

Lehmberg says the grand jury met on four separate days and heard from 12 witnesses including officer Copeland, two neighbors who saw the whole thing, Ahmede Bradley's mother and Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo.

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