Austin officer in fatal shooting fired, DWI case
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin police officer who fatally shot a
man in 2009 has been fired after being arrested in January for
alleged drunken driving.
Senior Officer Leonardo Quintana has 10 days to appeal. Quintana
attorney Tom Stribling says the officer will appeal.
Police Chief Art Acevedo on Thursday fired Quintana, who in May
2009 fatally shot Nathaniel Sanders II.
A grand jury declined to indict Quintana. Sanders had been
sleeping in a car that police were investigating as possibly being
used in crimes.
A disciplinary memo says Quintana went out Jan. 11 and drank
alcohol, then drove to Leander. A 911 call about a traffic accident
led to his arrest.
Quintana's arrest came hours after he was questioned as part of
a federal civil rights lawsuit into the fatal shooting.