TTPD Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting Cleared to Return to Patrol Monday


The Texarkana, Texas Police Department officer involved in the fatal shooting on December 15, 2014 is set to return to patrol duties on Monday, March 23, 2015.

The Texarkana Texas Police Department has been notified that the Texas Rangers have completed their investigation into law enforcement actions taken during the early morning hours of December 15, 2014, when Mr. Dennis Grigsby was fatally wounded. Based upon preliminary determinations that Officer Brent Lawing’s use of force was lawful and within the course and scope of his duties as a police officer, Chief Dan Shiner is returning Officer Lawing to patrol duties on Monday, March 23, 2015.

On December 15, 2014 at approximately 2:00 am, Texarkana Texas Police Department responded to a burglary in progress call where the suspect was inside the garage of a residence near the 2700 block of Page Street, stated TTPD spokesman Aaron Brower. The resident advised dispatch that the suspect was using some sort of tool to break out a window to gain entry in to the residence. An officer arrived on scene and approached the residence’s garage, which had a large tarp covering the entry. When the officer entered the garage he found the suspect inside. The suspect then came toward the officer in an aggressive manner with a metal object in his hand. The officer ordered the man to stop, but he continued toward the officer. The officer fired one shot, which struck the suspect in the chest, stated Brower.

Dennis Grigsby, 35, of Texarkana, Texas was taken to St. Michael Hospital where he later died.

The Rangers’ full investigation report has been forwarded to the Bowie County District Attorney’s Office for review and final disposition.


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