Texas officers now face civil rights charges for '01 EDP shooting

By Jennifer Latson
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, Texas — Bob Meadours' family hesitated to ask for help from police when the 38-year-old suffered a paranoid breakdown in 2001. It took a dispatcher's assurance that officers were trained to deal with the mentally ill to finally persuade them.

But when police encountered Meadours in his La Porte backyard, the distressed man only became more agitated. Within five minutes, he was dead, shot 14 times by an officer who said Meadours had come at him with a screwdriver.

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