A man police say ran over a Waco SWAT officer this summer had sold heroin to a confidential informant just before the violent encounter that left the man dead and the officer seriously injured, according to a newly released police report.

An 86-page police report obtained by the Tribune-Herald in an open records request states Kerry Bradley, 37, of Waco, was under investigation for suspected heroin distribution in and around his neighborhood in the 3200 block of North 24th Street. Bradley also had 12 capsules of heroin on him when he was killed, according to the report.

On Aug. 1, drug enforcement and SWAT officers were attempting to serve a search warrant on Bradley.

“I had been briefed that we were going to attempt to intercept a drug dealer after a deal to a person,” police reports state. “(It was reported) that the sale had been called in and the suspect was leaving his residence and (was) driving a white GMC SUV.”

Police reports state officers responded after the drug sale was made and attempted to surround Bradley’s car. Records state Bradley intentionally ran over Waco police Officer William Graeber, an eight-year police veteran.

“Officers has been approaching the vehicle from the front, and the suspect moved around and struck one the the officers with the front of the GMC, knocking him to the ground and running him over,” the report states. “I learned that Officer Graeber was the officer that was run over and he somehow became entangled on the drivetrain and was being dragged under the vehicle.”

Police fatally shot Bradley six times, an autopsy report states. He was later pronounced dead at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

Police reports state officers attempted to lift the SUV off the injured officer and administer first aid. Graeber was seriously injured and remained hospitalized about three weeks.

Police found 12 capsules of heroin in Bradley’s car that weighed a total of 2 grams, the reports state. Officials have said no videos of the actual shooting exist because none of the police vehicles on scene were equipped with in-car cameras.

Bradley’s wife, Brittany Bradley, said she questions the police reports and was previously told by police that Bradley did not have any drugs on him.

“I have a thousand other questions as to why this happened, why there is no transparency, why there is no video, why there were no dash camera videos, and in all of this, how did this happen?” she said. “Was his vehicle ever really stopped? What went wrong? And things witnesses have told me don’t match up with what police say happened.”

Brittany Bradley said her husband was not selling drugs and had been to his mother’s house before the fatal shooting. She said he had only been gone a few minutes before she heard gunfire, but she was turned away by police when she went to the scene to check on her husband.

“None of this makes sense,” Brittany Bradley said. “Every day I want to die. I just want to be with my husband, because they took everything from me.”

She said she does not believe police reports stating drugs were found on her husband. She and her family have reached out to a civil attorney and are considering filing legal action against the city, she said.

“All I have are a bunch of pictures and no answers as to why he is not here. He is supposed to be here,” Brittany Bradley said. “I can’t think to do anything but cry, be depressed, be angry, hurt, sad, frustrated and confused with no clear answers.”

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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