Houston grand jury doesn't indict officer in shooting

Updated 1:27 pm, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) ó A grand jury has declined to indict a Houston police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, a decision that follows similar outcomes in officer-involved deaths in Missouri, New York and Wisconsin.

The Harris County panel returned its decision Tuesday in the case of Juventino Castro, who shot 26-year-old Jordan Baker on Jan. 16. Castro, who is Hispanic, was off duty but in uniform, working security at a mall where there had been robberies.

Police say Castro told investigators Baker briefly struggled with him and ran, then charged back at the officer. Baker's mother said Castro wrongly profiled her son as a criminal.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said the grand jury found no probable cause that a crime was committed and wasn't endorsing Castro's actions.