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Texas Ranger cleared in July shooting

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A Pflugerville resident said, "I heard a gunshot go off."

You're hearing the voice of a Pflugerville resident asked to call for help by Texas Ranger, Gary Phillips.

This is video of the ranger chasing Thomas Edward Byars, Jr. last July.

The caller said, "I think the suspect may have been shot."

"Shots fired," said the 911 operator.

The ranger was trying to handcuff Byars, Jr. on a felony warrant, but as you can see in this surveillance video, the suspect takes off running.

The two men eventually get into a scuffle in the middle of a neighborhood.

"I heard the officer say something about him grabbing for his gun," said the caller.

That's when you see Ranger Phillips point his weapon.

He ends up shooting the suspect.

"Ma'am, can you ask him if he's shot above the knee or below the knee? EMS needs to know," said the 911 operator.

"On his left hip," answered the caller.

Nearly a year and a half later, after more than eight hours of testimony, a Travis County Grand Jury has decided not to indict the Texas Ranger for the use of deadly force.

911 operator said, "Okay ma'am. We have plenty of help en route."

After his arrest, Byars, Jr. was taken to the hospital for surgery.

He broke his ankle during the chase.

According to the Travis County Medical Examiner, Byars, Jr. developed complications while in jail and died August 31st, 2012 from a pulmonary embolism.

The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled Byars, Jr.'s death as an accident.

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