HARLINGEN — A Cameron County Grand Jury no billed a Harlingen police officer who shot a suspect in the face when the man allegedly tried to run over the officer and his partner.
The grand jury decided officer Alan Dienstbier was justified when he fired his service weapon at Francisco Sanchez in the early morning hours of Nov. 16 on the 2500 block of Chuparosa Coart.
Dienstbier and another officer were responding to a call for help. When they arrived, a dark colored SUV driven by Sanchez was seen leaving the area towards the officers with the headlights turned off.
Officers said when they got out of their patrol car to approach Sanchez, he sped up and ran over an officer’s foot. Dienstbier then shot the man in the face. All were treated for their injuries and are recovered.
Sanchez is currently awaiting trial.