Charges filed in Copperas Cove officer-involved shooting

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Copperas Cove, Texas – A now-former Copperas Cove Police Officer is facing criminal charges in connection to a shooting that happened May 23rd.

Eric Stoneburner is accused of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury and use of a deadly weapon in the shooting of Lacresha Murray.

Stoneburner has resigned as of this time.

It happened Sunday around 12:43pm in the 1500 Block of Robertson Avenue.The department says they received multiple calls from citizens of a shooting incident.

When officers arrived on scene, they discovered that Stoneburner, off-duty at the time,
was involved in the shooting. The officer was not injured during the incident, but Murray was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple with non-life-threatening gunshot
wounds.

According to police, Stoneburner was going east on Robertson Avenue when Murray turned her vehicle across both lanes of traffic. She said at the time she was not feeling well and planned to go to the hospital.

Police say their two vehicles almost collided as Murray turned around and when she drove past him in the 1400 block of Robertson.

Murray says she stopped her truck to confront Stoneburner, because she thought he was tailgating her. Police say Stoneburner also got out of his vehicle, with his weapon drawn. After words were exchanged, Stoneburner shot Murray six times.

This isn’t Lacresha Murray’s first run in with the law. Back in 1996 when Murray was 11, she was accused of killing 2-year-old Jayla Belton in Austin.

Murray repeatedly denied having hurt Jayla, but after hours of relentless police questioning and threats, she confessed to possibly dropping and kicking the child. She became the youngest person in Travis County history to be charged with capital murder. She was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Her conviction was eventually overturned, with the judge ruling that Murray’s statement should have been suppressed. 

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