Two Waco police sergeants and one Waco police officer were cleared of any wrongdoing by a McLennan County grand jury Wednesday in the shooting death of a Waco man who police say intentionally ran over an officer who was serving a search warrant Aug. 1.
Sgt. Phillip Zboril, Sgt. Vrail George, and Officer Adam Fuller were cleared by the grand jury in the shooting death of Kerry Demars Bradley, 37. Police said Bradley intentionally ran over Waco police SWAT officer William Graeber while officers were attempting to serve a search warrant on a vehicle he was driving near North 23rd Street and Olive Avenue in early August.
Bradley’s family members have said officers fired 37 shots and hit Bradley 22 times. Family members also said Bradley was shot before his SUV hit the officer and that the shooting caused him to lose control and hit Graeber unintentionally.
However, an autopsy released Monday states Bradley was shot six times. Dominique R. Alexander, founder and president of Next Generation Action Network, an organization that has lobbied for answers for the Bradley family, said police used excessive force during the incident.
Kerry Bradley’s wife, Brittany Bradley, said she does not understand the apparent lack of police video of the traffic stop or why officers did not come to the couple’s house to execute the search warrant. She said police have not answered questions from her family or the public.
“I want answers to what happened and why. Three different witnesses say and saw the same thing. They ambushed him and murdered him,” Brittany Bradley said. “I want some transparency and accountability. I want some justice to this senseless murder.”
Waco police Officer Garen Bynum said grand jury members considered the facts of the case and concluded all three officers followed state law during the shooting.
Zboril, an almost 18-year police veteran; George, a 13-year veteran; and Fuller, who has worked for Waco police for nine years, will return to full duty after receiving the findings from the grand jury.
“I am appreciative of the difficult job performed by the citizens on the Grand Jury, the thorough investigation by the Special Crimes Unit and the Texas Rangers and the additional independent review by the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office,” Waco Police Chief Ryan Holt said in a statement. “As I have said before, any loss of life is a tragedy, and I hope that prayers will continue for the family of the suspect and for Officer Graeber as he continues a painful recovery.”
Graeber was pinned under Bradley’s SUV, prompting officers to lift the vehicle off him and start administering first aid. Graeber suffered broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a broken collarbone, a collapsed lung, burns and a concussion.
He was released from the hospital about three weeks after the incident and is continuing therapy.