Texoma Mother Speaks Out On WFPD Lawsuit

The mother of a Texoma man shot and killed by Wichita Falls police is speaking out to Newschannel 6 about her pending lawsuit against the department.

Jeffrey Royal, 21, was shot and killed in November 2011 when police responded to a disturbance call. When they arrived they found Royal holding a rifle and threatening suicide. Police say Royal pointed his gun at them, so the 3 officers opened fire.

In a phone interview, Nancy Royal and her attorney Michael Kelly spoke about the case. An emotional Royal remembered her son and the night she found out he'd been killed. She said, "The investigator that I spoke with said, 'Miss Royal it all happened so fast'. He said from the time that the officers arrived on scene to the time they called in that he had been shot down was less than 2 minutes."

Newschannel 6 obtained a copy of the lawsuit from the plaintiff. In it, Royal claims her son never fired a shot or pointed his rifle in the officers' direction. We asked Royal what witnesses told her, at that point her attorney jumped in saying he had done some investigating. He said, "I spoke to some eyewitnesses that were at the scene, and their testimony contradicted the police report."

All 3 officers were cleared of any criminal charges by a Wichita Falls Grand Jury in November 2011. City attorney Miles Risley said they stand behind the department one hundred percent. Royal is seeking no more than $2 million in damages.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6