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Posted on: January 4, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Officers cleared to return back to duty following shooting review

Two Midland Police Department officers are returning back to their regular duties following a "no bill" ruling by a Midland County grand jury.

After hearing evidence from a Texas Rangers investigation, the grand jury for the 142nd District Court ruled on Wednesday that Officers Aaron Renz and Aaron Trevino were found to have committed no criminal wrongdoing in an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Oct. 10, 2016. Kheyanev Littledog, 19, was fatally shot by the officers when he refused to comply with orders and reached for a handgun in his waistband.

Midland police were originally called to the scene at around 7:30 p.m. to an area just southeast of downtown Midland in reference to reports that Littledog was causing a disturbance and was in possession of a firearm. Officers located Littledog in the 500 block of East Industrial Avenue and found he had a handgun in his waistband. Dash camera footage and witness statements during the investigation revealed that Littledog was reaching for the gun when he was shot by two officers. Littledog was transported to the hospital and declared deceased shortly after. Officers found during the investigation that Littledog was also in possession of a second firearm in his backpack at the time of the shooting. Littledog was not licensed to carry a firearm.

The officers were placed on administrative leave per MPD policy immediately following the incident and a Texas Rangers investigation was launched. An internal MPD administrative review board also found the two officers to be in compliance with all state/federal laws and department policy. The two were placed on administrative duty on Oct. 11 and will now return to their normal duties following the grand jury decision.

Renz is 26 years old and has been a patrol officer with the department for two years, and Trevino is 31 years old, has been employed by MPD for 8 years and is currently a K-9 officer.

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Media Contact: Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz

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