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Officers Will Not Face Charges in Faith City Shooting

Officers involved in a shooting at the Faith City Mission in Amarillo last month will not face charges.

On Wednesday, Randall Sims, the 47th District Attorney, announced that the grand jury declined to proceed with charges against officers involved in a shooting at the Faith City Mission on February 14th.

"The grand jury has found that they have done nothing wrong criminally and therefore will be returning to service at some point," Sims said during a press conference on Wednesday.

As we reported last month, officers were involved in a shooting at the Faith City Mission in February, which saw Tony Garces, 54, shot by officers. Graces' attorney, Jeff Blackburn, has told media outlets that Graces disarmed a gunman who had taken hostages at the Faitch City Mission and was shot on scene by officers who arrived in response to the hostage situation. Graces survived the shooting.

Amarillo Police chief Ed Drain held a press conference after the announcement that no charges would be pressed, stating what officials say happened on February 14th. In addition, Drain said that specific training could be provided to companies by APD that would help prepare people in case of a similar situation at their workplace or organization.

"There is training and we could help provide that," Drain said during the press conference.

While no charges will be pressed against officers involved in the shooting, the Amarillo Police Department is not clear of an lawsuits. It is currently unclear whether Graces intends to pursue a lawsuit against the Amarillo Police Department.

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