Mother of man fatally shot by TX trooper pushes for change
PANOLA COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - A mother is asking for Texas state troopers to undergo more training after a grand jury decided against charging one in the shooting death of her son.
Authorities say a trooper got into a confrontation with 24-year-old Calin Roquemore, of Tatum, Texas, after a traffic stop Feb. 13, 2016, in Beckville, Texas, turned into a brief foot chase.
Authorities also said the trooper, fearing Roquemore might have had a gun, fatally shot him.
"The past 14 months for me has been a wait and see. I need a call to action. And I need something to happen," said Betty Roquemore, the slain man's mother.
A Panola County, Texas, grand jury returned a "no bill" Aug. 18. That means the trooper will not be indicted or officially charged.
No matter the outcome in court, Betty Roquemore thinks change is needed.
"These officers need to be trained on how to handle different situations, whether it be stressful or split-second decisions. They need better training."
Calin Roquemore's cousin Felita Ewins thinks there should have been another outcome.
"It was unnecessary that he got shot. I think the officer was close enough that he could have used his taser on him."
The case was investigated by Texas Rangers then taken to the grand jury by the Panola County district attorney's office.
"When they got through with the investigation, I think, personally, they should have took it before the grand jury themselves," Ewins argued.
"Take it completely out of Panola County, because it's too close."
District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson's office said he is on vacation until next week and unavailable to comment on the case.
A Texas Department of Public Safety representative said the trooper, identified as Daniel McBride, still works for DPS but would not say whether he faced any disciplinary action. Nor would they discuss any possible changes in training.
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