Galveston Grand Jury Concludes Probe of Officer Involved Shooting
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GALVESTON – District Attorney Jack Roady announced today that a Galveston County Grand Jury completed its investigation of the officer-involved shooting that occurred on March 9, 2017, in Galveston.  The Grand Jury concluded its review of the evidence and testimony and determined to take no action in the matter.

 

Galveston Police Officer Evan Fraley was off-duty when he received a call from his mother about a woman pointing a gun at people driving by on Broadway in Galveston.  Fraley, who was nearby with his wife and daughter, observed Toni Jo Collins carrying a rifle.  Fraley stepped out of his vehicle and approached Collins while in plain clothes without a body camera.  According to statements by Fraley and his wife given to investigators, Fraley identified himself as police upon stepping out of the vehicle to Collins.  Fraley ordered her to drop the weapon, and Collins did not initially comply.  Fraley was eventually able to take the rifle from Collins.  Fraley’s wife was on the phone to 911 requesting backup for her husband throughout the encounter.  After ignoring repeated demands by Fraley and physically struggling with him, Collins approached Fraley in a threatening manner wielding a piece of wood over her shoulder. Fraley fired one time, striking Collins in the chest.  Fraley, who had been a police officer with Galveston Police Department since December of 2013, had several previous encounters with Collins and was calling her by name during the encounter. 

 

Also present on the scene was Collins’ then-boyfriend, Victor Mangum.  Although Mangum gave differing versions of the events to media, he stated to investigators that Fraley identified himself as a police officer to Collins and instructed her to set the rifle on the ground.  Mangum also confirmed that Fraley and Collins struggled, and that Collins had a piece of wood in her hands when Fraley fired.

 

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office conducted the criminal investigation into the shooting and the Galveston Police Department initiated a separate internal affairs investigation regarding Officer Fraley’s compliance with departmental policy. The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Division responded to the scene and conducted a separate investigation of Officer Fraley’s actions. The Galveston Police Department provided full cooperation to the Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s Office as the investigation ran its full course.  Investigators secured recordings of the 911 calls, recovered physical evidence, interviewed numerous witnesses, and obtained the Medical Examiner’s report and other evidence from the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

 

The rifle that Collins had been brandishing was found to be a BB Gun.  The Medical Examiner’s report showed that Collins was shot one time in the torso.  Her toxicology indicated that she was under the influence of alcohol (.266), cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

 

The Grand Jury, empaneled under the authority of the 212th District Court in Galveston County, received evidence and had the opportunity to hear testimony of all witnesses to the shooting over a two-week period before concluding its deliberations.  No further criminal action will be taken with respect to the officer’s actions.



Comments:
Evan Fraley is now with the Hutto Police Department along with former GPD assistant chief Byron Frankland who is the new chief there.
Posted by Nick Elodeon at 12/8/2017 4:40:06 PM

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