A San Antonio grand jury indicted a former police officer on three counts, including one count of attempted murder, for shooting an unarmed teen in a fast food restaurant parking lot, ABC News reports.
Former San Antonio Police officer James Brennand also was charged with two counts of aggravated assault for shooting 17-year-old Erik Cantu, who was exiting a McDonald’s drive-thru, eating a cheeseburger, when Brennand–believing the car to be stolen from an incident the previous day–opened the car door and demanded he exit his vehicle, when the boy sped away. Brennand opened fire, hitting the boy in the stomach, chest and arm. Cantu survived and was released from the hospital after nearly two months.
Days after the October 2nd incident, Brennand was fired from the police department, which said Brennand violated department policy regarding the use of a firearm and other issues.
Justice means prosecuting the individual for misconduct. Justice means obtaining a conviction. Justice means making sure that man never works as a member of law enforcement, making sure that that man never has a gun and a badge,” Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said. “Justice means seeking appropriate punishment. … I hope that by vigorously investigating and prosecuting this case, we can help to decrease the pain in our system, even if we can never bear all the pain and suffering that Eric and his family have experienced.”