Arlington police officer fired following fatal shooting of motorist




  • In US
  • 2021-10-22 20:42:26Z
  • By Fort Worth Star-Telegram
 

The Arlington police officer who fatally shot a 40-year-old man Wednesday has been fired for violating department policy.

Police Chief Al Jones identified the officer as Robert Phillips, who fired multiple shots at Jesse Fischer of Addison.

The shooting happened after officers followed Fischer in a low-speed chase into Carla Court, a cul de sac. Fischer had been stopped in the middle of the roadway along Pioneer Parkway near Daniel Drive when police first arrived on the scene, Sgt. Chris Moore said in a press conference Wednesday evening.

Once on Carla Court, Fischer made a U-turn and drove toward an officer who had gotten out of his vehicle. Dash camera footage shows Phillips firing multiple shots into the front window of Fischer's car.

Jones said there were many steps Phillips could have taken, such as getting behind or back into the police car. Because the officers knew they were going into a dead-end street, Jones said the officers could have blocked the street until Fischer surrendered.

The move to terminate Phillips was about transparency and trust within the community, Jones said.

"It's not about politics to me; it's about righting wrong, it's about morals," Jones said.

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