Texas officer who killed teen arrested on murder charge

An off-duty suburban Dallas police officer said he feared for his life before shooting two teens. Now, the officer is charged with murder.

FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Farmers Branch Police Department shows Ken Johnson. The off-duty suburban Dallas police officer who fatally shot a 16-year-old and wounded another juvenile has been arrested charges of murder and aggravated assault. Authorities say that off-duty Farmers Branch officer Ken Johnson was taken into custody Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (Farmers Branch Police Department via AP, File)

ADDISON, Texas (AP) — An off-duty suburban Dallas police officer who fatally shot a 16-year-old and wounded another juvenile was arrested Wednesday on charges of murder and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Farmers Branch officer Ken Johnson was taken into custody Wednesday night by Addison police officers and was being booked into Dallas County Jail.

Johnson saw a vehicle being burglarized in his apartment complex parking lot, he gave chase when the suspects fled, officials have said. After the suspects’ vehicle spun out about a half-mile away in Addison, an altercation led to the shooting.

Jose Raul Cruz was killed and the other juvenile, who also was shot, was hospitalized.

Johnson’s attorney has said he feared for his life. Johnson was not injured.

Authorities have not said whether the juveniles were armed.

Addison police Chief Paul Spencer said in a statement Wednesday that there was “probable cause” to arrest Johnson but that the investigation will likely take several more weeks.

Farmers Branch police spokesman David Laisure declined to comment Wednesday, deferring to Addison police.

According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Johnson has worked for Farmers Branch police for a year. He worked as a peace officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit for almost eight years before that.

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