Grand jury nearly closes book on police shooting

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The recent grand jury report that confirmed that the killing of man by Greenville police officers at a local motel was justifiable nearly closes the book on the incident that, if not handled the way it was by officers John Bass, Lionel Davidson and Byron Russell, could have been much worse is good news for citizens of Greenville.

The grand jury, in its findings, found no evidence of &#8220criminal activity” by the officers, who upon responding to a call at the hotel were fired upon by Wayne A. Vasquez of St. Bernard, La., confirms that the officers were simply doing their job in protecting the citizens they serve. Authorities are still waiting on the toxicology report on Vasquez to determine whether he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the shooting, but it's obvious from his actions that he was at fault, something the grand jury confirmed.

Sadly, Vasquez died from his wounds, but had it not been for the clear thinking and quick action by &#8220Greenville's finest,” the outcome could have been much worse. Vasquez could have inflicted much more harm than he did upon officers Bass and Davidson, who are still recovering from gunshot wounds and many more families could be mourning the loss of a loved one.