A former Houston police officer who shot his neighbor in 2016 following an argument over a dog has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
A grand jury handed down the indictment Friday against Jason Loosmore, 32, who was off-duty when he shot Casey Brown "three times with a 9mm handgun while Brown was in his own yard," according to a press release from the DA's office.
The release also states, "Brown, who was unarmed, is still recovering from his injuries."
Loosmore, who had been with the Houston Police Department for seven years at the time of the shooting, resigned in April. The incident occurred on Ridwerwood Drive, near Alief.
Referring to the fact that Loosmore was wearing a badge around his neck at the time, District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement that Loosmore "used his badge and gun to try to settle a personal score. The community, through a grand jury, decided the officer broke the law."
As we reported in 2016, police said Loosmore knocked on Brown's door the night of October 16, "hoping to ask [Brown] for medical and shot records for his German shepherd, which Loosmore told police attacked his own Pug mix that evening."
That's when Brown, 21 at the time, allegedly cursed and yelled through his closed door, causing Loosmore to walk away and call 911 for assistance.
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"It was then, police said, that the neighbor rushed out of his home and attacked Loosmore, punching him in the 'head, face and upper chest area.'
Police said Loosmore became disoriented from the blows, feared for his life and shot the neighbor in the chest and abdomen with his off-duty pistol. Loosmore then provided aid to the man until an ambulance arrived."
Brown was never charged in connection with the altercation, "despite supposedly attacking Loosmore to the point where the officer had blurred version," we reported.
An HPD spokesman told the Houston Press at the time that Loosmore's 911 call may have captured most, if not all, of the incident.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.