A grand jury refused to charge a Fort Worth man who shot a state soldier, but claimed he never knew he was a police officer because he was in civilian clothes and was driving an unmarked van.
In an interview, Russell King said he and his wife Myra were driving home near Haslet on April 23 when he saw two vans that appeared to be running behind him.
“Two trucks drove past us at high speed,” King said.
One of the vehicles exited the highway.
The other ended up right in front of them.
“And I can see him visibly looking at himself in his mirror, shaking his head like that, and that’s when he checked the brakes on me,” King said. “It was very deliberate.”
“Brake control” refers to someone applying the brakes, forcing the car behind them to suddenly brake.
King said he thought it was road rage – especially when the driver started chasing him, even in a Walmart parking lot.
“And that’s when I saw him give me a middle finger,” he said.
Concerned for his safety and that of his wife, King said he tried to escape in traffic.
But the driver kept coming.
“And he got into oncoming traffic and swerved the bus,” King said.
King said he noticed flashing lights in the pickup’s grille, but didn’t think anything about it at the time.
“They didn’t look very official. I had never seen a police vehicle that was a gray Chevrolet truck,” he said.
The Kings said they thought they ultimately lost him, drove home, backed up to their garage and immediately called 911.
A few minutes later, the same man in the same pickup pulled up in front of their house.
King said he watched on his live camera system the man pull out what he thought was a gun from behind – then walk up to the house and punch hard.
“I’ve never been so scared in my life. I really felt like he was there to hurt my wife and me,” King said. “I shouted, ‘Please go. We called 911. ‘”
The camera captured what happened next.
King shot through the door. The man was hit in the shoulder and fled.
Fort Worth Police and a uniformed state soldier quickly arrived and took King and his wife into custody.
It was then, handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, that King said he was shocked to learn the truth.
“He said to me, ‘You shot a state soldier.’ My response was, ‘How?’ “King said.
The soldier, later identified as William Wallace, was a special agent assigned to criminal investigations and worked in civilian clothes.
“There was no identification,” King said. “There was no waistcoat. There was no badge. Just a brown shirt and jeans.”
Video from the doorbell shows Wallace yelling “police” when he knocked on the door. King said he had never heard it.
Wallace was rushed to a hospital where he received treatment and was quickly released.
King, who worked in the financial services industry before losing his job in the pandemic, was never arrested, but he feared he would one day.
“We were planning on going to jail and what that would do in our lives,” King said.
Then, about two weeks ago, a grand jury heard her case and refused to charge her with a single felony.
“The greatest relief I have felt in my entire life,” King said.
The Kings spoke to us with their attorney, Robert Huseman of the Varghese Summersett law firm, by their side.
Now they say they just want to get on with their lives.
“I wish that had never happened,” King said.
King has a clean criminal record.
If he had only known it was a cop in that pickup, he says he would have just pulled over right away, avoiding the whole ordeal.
The Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wallace’s status and whether he had ever been sanctioned on Tuesday.
The department declined to provide a copy of the Texas Ranger’s report under the Open Files Act, even after King was not charged by the grand jury, saying the case was still under review. investigation.