#WacoShooting: Police Say They Fired 12 Times With Assault Rifles

Posted: June 12, 2015 in Culture

(CNN) Police officers fired 12 rounds during a deadly shootout last month at a restaurant in Waco, Texas, authorities said Friday in a news release.

Waco police said 44 shell casings have been recovered from the scene where nine bikers were killed during a shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant. Twelve of those casings came from the .223 caliber rifles of three SWAT officers, who were in adjacent parking lots.

Police couldn’t say whether any of those bullets killed or wounded any bikers. Other agencies are doing autopsies and ballistic analysis, Waco police said.

The three officers, who had their weapons set to semiautomatic mode, are on administrative duty as the investigation into the incident continues.

Previous claims contradict the police accounting of how many shots were fired.  A lawsuit filed against Twin Peaks by the neighboring restaurant Don Carlos claims the police fired “thousands of rounds” toward the bikers; striking not only bike club members but also Don Carlos customer vehicles.  The police statement on the settings of the AR-15’s used by SWAT doesn’t make sense unless the police were using full auto rifles.  Full auto rifles require special permission from the federal government even for police.  So a standard issue AR-15 has two modes, safe and semi.  The full auto, military version, has three, safe, semi and auto/burst.

Source: [NBC News, CNN]

  1. […] In a statement on Friday, the police said that of 16 officers that were in the parking lot, only three fired a total of 12 shots. However, the statement still didn’t clarify how many of the bikers were killed by police. Authorities say they have not recieved final autopsy results that would clarify ballistics. […]


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