The officer who fatally shot a man near a Forest Hill gas station in June faces a felony charge after the Texas Rangers determined that the slain man did not pose a threat to police or anyone else.
Logan Andrew Barr Jr., 23, of Keller was arrested July 28 on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison. The man Barr shot and killed was suspected of stabbing a woman who died later at Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth.
KXAS-TV (NBC5) first reported the arrest; authorities have not announced additional information about the case since the day of the shooting.
Barr was released on $50,000 bond several hours after he was taken into custody. It was unclear whether he had an attorney, and efforts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Forest Hill police were called shortly after 5 a.m. June 9 to the QuikTrip in the 6500 block of Wichita Street, just north of Interstate 20, where a 911 caller reported that a man had stabbed a woman. Officers found Kiyana Hall, 34, bleeding in the gas station’s parking lot and soon located the man suspected of attacking her, 32-year-old Michael Lee Ross Jr., hiding in a nearby creek.
The Texas Ranger who wrote the affidavit for Barr’s arrest reviewed body-camera footage from a Forest Hill police sergeant who responded to the incident.
According to the affidavit, the sergeant arrived at 5:22 a.m. as Barr and another officer were telling Ross to drop a knife. Barr and the sergeant, standing on opposite sides of the creek atop a “steep grassy embankment,” pointed their handguns at Ross while continuing to tell him to put the knife down.
The third officer soon left to tend to Hall.
After about a minute and a half, the sergeant went back to his vehicle and grabbed a shotgun that fires less-lethal ammunition, discernible by its orange stock and orange markings. When he returned to the creek, he told Ross, who was pacing in the creek, “Don’t [expletive] run, dude,” and fired four shots at him, the affidavit says.
The shots knocked Ross down, but he got back up while still holding the knife, according to the affidavit. The sergeant fired a fifth shot at Ross, emptying his shotgun, then yelled at Barr to get his own weapon.
“Hey, go get your shotgun. Get your shotgun,” the sergeant said. “Go get your shotgun, less-lethal shotgun.”
Meanwhile, the affidavit says, Ross laid down in the creek, with the knife still in his hand, as the sergeant continued to tell him to drop the weapon.
The footage showed Barr returning with a black shotgun, the affidavit says. Ross, seeming unsteady, walked away from the officers.
He then turned back toward the officers and Barr fired two quick shots, knocking him down, after the sergeant said, “Shoot him,” according to the affidavit.
Barr could be heard asking the sergeant, “Do I need to get the casings from the lethal shotgun?” the affidavit says.
Ross was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and pronounced dead a short time later. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has not released his official cause of death.
Authorities did not say what happened to the dog.
The Texas Ranger noted that the creek embankment was soft from recent rain and difficult to climb out of, and that Ross was 15 to 20 feet from the officers.
The Ranger also wrote that he did not see or hear Ross trying to stab himself, making threats, raising the knife threateningly or trying to climb the embankment toward the officers — contradicting a statement by Forest Hill police that said Ross was trying to harm himself.
Because Ross wasn’t making aggressive actions or attempting to run away, he “did not pose a reasonable and immediate threat of death or bodily injury to the officers or others when he was shot,” the affidavit concludes.
Forest Hill police could not immediately be reached Wednesday for comment about Barr’s employment with the department.