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    Off duty HPD shoots and kills someone who has been threatening his family. He even came to his sub staion to harass him. DA actually wanted to put him away for murder. What a load of crap! We have enough to worry about while acting under the law in uniform, now look out when you have to protect your own kids!

    Ex-officer found not guilty in shooting death
    He testified that his actions were in self-defense

    Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

    Eric Hillman
    CONROE - After deliberating nearly 22 hours, a jury Tuesday found former Houston police officer Eric Hillman not guilty of murder.

    Hillman, 42, was on trial for the shooting death of 25-year-old Kevin Lunsford on Dec. 15, 2003. The former HPD lieutenant said he shot Lunsford four times in self-defense during a confrontation on Hillman's property in Cut and Shoot.

    Hillman slowly sat down in his chair, lowered his head and rubbed his forehead after the verdict was read. His attorney, Dick DeGuerin, gently rubbed his back, while family members quietly hugged each other.

    Later outside the courtroom, Hillman, surrounded by his wife and four children, said he ''knew with prayer that God would make sure the truth prevailed."

    ''I've always known my actions were justified," Hillman said. ''I'm glad the jury deliberated and saw the real issue, that a man is allowed to protect his family."

    DeGuerin argued that Hillman feared that Lunsford, who had been stalking and harassing the officer for months, would hurt him and his family.

    He said Lunsford was upset because Hillman had had an affair with Lunsford's wife. Hillman testified that Lunsford had made verbal threats against him and had repeatedly called his home even after the affair had ended.

    ''What Eric Hillman did, he was protecting himself and his family from what he thought was a dangerous person, and he was justified to do it," DeGuerin said after the verdict.

    DeGuerin said the jury understood that Hillman acted properly in using his FBI and HPD training during the confrontation.

    On the night of the shooting, Lunsford had approached Hillman and his wife, Karin, in his car on the couple's driveway. The Hillmans were in their truck when they saw him driving toward them.

    Hillman testified when he recognized Lunsford, he got out of his truck with his gun, badge and flashlight and ran to Lunsford's car.

    He said after he told Lunsford he was under arrest for trespassing, he tried to open the car door and noticed Lunsford was moving to the right. ''He moved toward the glove box and I immediately shot him," Hillman testified.

    Hillman said he shot at the car multiple times as it drove away in reverse before it spun and stalled in a ditch. ''My fear was that he was reaching for a gun," he said during the trial.

    Investigators found no gun in Lunsford's car.

    Montgomery County District Attorney Mike McDougal argued that Lunsford was trying to get away from Hillman, not kill him. He told the jury in closing arguments that Hillman did not follow his training and education as a police officer. Instead, his actions were based on ''an instinctive reaction."

    McDougal said he had no problem with the jury's decision and waived the opportunity to poll the jurors after the verdict was read.

    ''The jury heard the evidence and rendered their decision," he said.

    During four days of deliberations, the jury of three men and nine women asked several times to review evidence and testimony from the trial. On Friday, jurors requested to revisit the crime scene and rehear the 911 calls made by both Hillman and his wife. They also asked the court to read Hillman's testimony about the sequence of events the evening of the shooting.

    Hillman, who has a law degree, said he has not made any decisions yet about returning to law enforcement.

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  • #2
    There has to be a system with checks and balances. With the DA doing there job, and the Officer cleared of wrong doing, there will be no questions left unanswered now. This may also protect the officer in a law suit that you know will soon follow. Remember that not all officers act according to the rules. There are some bad officers out there that think they can do no wrong, but eventually they get noticed and terminated. I for one am glad that the officer was cleared, sounds like he had a rough time with this guy. I bet he has a hard time sleeping at night, the taking of a life can never be an easy thing whether right or wrong. Don't hate the DA's for doing there job, I am sure you ****ed off a few citizens that did not agree with you. I know I have.
    Arguing with a Cop is like mud wrestling with a pig. Eventually you will realize that the Pig likes it.

    My Chief


    • #3
      Doesn't surprise me. Over the years I have more then my sahre of closed door one on one meetings with idiot DA's. I have wanted to be the only one leaving the room since I had the gun. But we have some good ones to so we know who to call. Break in the new ones is tough.

      Only solution is we shoot all the attornies and let old grumpy cops like me be prosecutors.


      • #4
        He told the jury in closing arguments that Hillman did not follow his training and education as a police officer. Instead, his actions were based on ''an instinctive reaction."

        Ok, most police officers act on instinct in life or death situations... what a stupid statement... Instinct is a natural, normal reaction that helps keep us safe....

        About the D.A... I dont know. Someone posted about checks and balances and I agree to an extent. I just think that some of the crap we deal with as police officers that sometimes people forget that we are Police Officers. I dont mean that we should be exempt from the Law... I just think that sometimes people forget the role that we play, the decisions we have to make that ordinary people dont... It seems Society including DA's are all to eager to "hang a cop" even more than a Bad Guy....
        Retired 02/01/13


        • #5
          The grand jury should have never indicted. There have been many other shootings with similar facts, and all have been no billed.

          We all know that DA's can get a no bill just as easy as they can get a true bill.

          I respectfully disagree that the DA was just doing his job. Last time I looked, the officers actions as on duty or off, were withing the use of force guidelines under Texas law.

          Maybe they have a similar scare in Knoxville.....


          • #6
            Last edited by Guest; 01-23-2007, 06:09 PM.


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