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HPD investigation finds officer who killed double amputee cleared of wrongdoing

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Houston Police Department has announced the results of an internal and external investigation into a an officer-involved shooting that left a double amputee dead.

Brian Claunch, 45, was a double amputee with mental issues who lived at a group home east of downtown. He was shot and killed by police who responded to a 911 call last year.

The shooting happened in a dark room. Claunch is said to have lunged at the officers with an object in his hand, which turned out to be a pen.

The officer who shot him was no billed by a grand jury. On Thursday, it was announced the officer had been cleared by internal affairs as well.

"Officers are making decisions in a matter of seconds, sometimes in less-than-desirable environments, small spaces," Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said.

The case is closed officially, but not for some.

At a Thursday night community forum on police brutality, as it was called, there are concerns about police shootings, Claunch's among them.

"I'm not gonna listen to their PR stuff," one attendee said.

The meeting, though, continued with members of the police department explaining policy and answering questions. In the end...

"You got a handful who think all police are dirty and the rest, 99 percent of the citizens, think we're doing a good job," said Ray Hunt, president of the police union.

There was nothing to satisfy those most vocal about their distrust.

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