APNewsBreak: 4 bikers shot in Waco with gun type police use

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4 in Twin Peaks biker gang melee killed with same caliber gun police used.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Four of the nine people killed in a melee between rival biker gangs outside a Texas restaurant were struck by the same caliber of rifle fired by Waco police, according to evidence obtained by The Associated Press that provides the most insight yet into whether authorities were responsible for any of the deaths and injuries. Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman had said in June that officers shot a total of 12 rounds using the semi-automatic setting on their .223-caliber rifles. Police and the district attorney’s office declined to comment on the latest evidence, but have previously defended the officers’ use of force, claiming that bikers had also opened fire on police.

Hats, sunglasses, knives, guns, cigarettes, and a hammer litter the pavement, while rock music can be heard playing loudly in the background. “They got people shooting at people,” a man reports in a call to 911. Everybody keep your (expletive) hands up!” Authorities recovered more than 430 weapons, including 151 guns, knives, brass knuckles, clubs and a chain, according to a 724-page police incident report reviewed by the AP in September. One Cossack told police the Bandidos had been trying to force his group to join the confederation of clubs in order to profit from $30 per month in dues each biker paid, and that this caused the animosity leading to the shootout.

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