WFPD Officer Not Facing Charges For Shooting

The Wichita County grand jury has determined no further action is warranted in the deadly officer involved shooting of Edward Washington III, Wichita Falls police said in press release.

Police Officer John Ricketts was involved in the shooting during an attempted felony arrest of Washington, 48, following a chase on Feb. 3. Police said Washington was driving in the 500 block of Bonner Street when he failed to signal a turn. Ricketts attempted to pull Washington over, but he fled, turning east on Harding. Washington then tried to turn right onto Otis Polk Drive, but lost control and collided with a fence. Both men exited their cars and that's when police said Washington confronted Ricketts, and the officer shot Washington in the chest. Washington was transported to United Regional Hospital where he later died. Ricketts was not injured, and was put on paid administrative leave.

Washington had a criminal record. He was convicted in 1988 on a charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and he also had served time for various other offenses, including evading arrest.

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