Bryan officer probed after shooting

May 6, 2011 4:25:20 PM PDT
A Bryan police officer is being investigated after he fired his gun and seriously injured a suspect and a bystander during a foot chase, authorities say.

The shooting happened Friday morning as an officer was running after a suspicious person who may have been intoxicated, according to the Bryan Police Department release.

Bryan police say the officer shot Johnnie Walton Harris Jr. several times. A bystander, who's been identified as Juan Garcia, also was struck by a bullet. Both Harris and Garcia were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

The officer who fired the gun got a few cuts but wasn't transported for treatment.

But now the officer, who hasn't been identified, has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of a criminal probe being conducted by the Bryan Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division and an internal affairs investigation spearheaded by the department's professional standards division. The Texas Rangers also are investigating, as is protocol.

A second responding officer who witnessed the shooting also has been placed on administrative leave pending review of the incident. That officer also wasn't injured in the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Bryan Police Department Criminal Investigation Division has requested that any members of the public who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Bryan Police Department at 209-5316.

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