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No Indictment for Officer in Byron Carter Shooting

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Photo courtesy Texas Dept. of Public Safety; Police image courtesy City of Austin
Officer Nathan Wagner was no-billed in the shooting of Byron Carter Jr., pictured above.

A grand jury has declined to indict the Austin Police officer that shot and killed Byron Carter Jr. last year, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Carter was killed by officer Nathan Wagner in May 2011. As KUT News previously reported, Wagner and another officer approached Carter and his 16-year old African-American companion on suspicion the pair were casing cars parked in an area just east of downtown. Carter and his friend (unnamed in reports due to his age) then entered a car and attempted to leave.

What happened next is unclear: Police claim the unnamed underage driver intentionally struck Carter’s partner Jeffrey Rodriguez. Moments later, Wagner opened fire on the vehicle, killing Carter with four shots – one of them in the back of the head.

A press conference has been called at the Travis County District Attorney’s office at 11 a.m. KUT will continue reporting on this story as it develops.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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