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A US Army soldier who shot and killed an armed protester after driving to a Black Lives Matter rally in Texas last summer has been charged with the murder,
Sergeant Daniel Perry has been indicted by a Travis County grand jury with murder, aggravated assault and fatal behavior in the death of Garrett Foster on July 25 in Austin.
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Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood, worked for a rideshare company and had just dropped a customer when he entered a crowded street to protest police brutality.
He stopped his car, honked his horn and seconds later, police said Perry drove his car through the crowd, the Texas Tribune reported.
As the crowd moved around the car, he encountered Perry Foster, a 28-year-old Air Force veteran holding an AK-47 rifle. The rifle was legal under Texas open port laws.
There are conflicting reports as to what happened next, but the incident ended with Foster’s death from multiple gunshot wounds. Police said Perry, who was also legally armed, shot Foster with a pistol before escaping from the area, the stand reported.
Perry was arrested after the shooting and was later released without charge pending an investigation.
His lawyers said the soldier acted in self-defense after Foster pointed his gun at him.
They said protesters started hitting Perry’s vehicle after he pulled into the street and Foster approached him and brandished his gun so he could roll down the window.
Perry thought Foster was a cop, but when Foster raised the gun, the soldier realized Foster was not a cop and fired in self-defense, lawyers said.
“It is important to note that the standard of proof required to lay an indictment is significantly lower than the standard of proof required to be convicted,” said Perry’s attorney, Clint Broden.
Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said the grand jury reviewed evidence from the shooting investigation, examined more than 150 artifacts and interviewed 22 witnesses.
“In this case, we were presented with a particularly important body of evidence for grand jury consideration,” Garza said.
Other witnesses have previously claimed that Perry was the one who started the violence before shooting Foster. Foster took part in the protest with his girlfriend, who was amputated four times. She had left the Air Force to be his full-time supervisor.
Perry was jailed in Travis County Jail Thursday and released on $ 300,000 bail.