Grand jury does not indict San Antonio officer accused of accidentally killing teen

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A Bexar County grand jury voted Wednesday to not indict a San Antonio police officer accused of accidentally shooting and killing a teen Oct. 17 outside a house back in 2018.

Office r Steve Casanova allegedly shot and killed Charles Roundtree Jr., 18, while officers were responding to a call Oct. 17, 2018 at a location widely known as "drug house," said Police Chief William McManus.

“Our office presented all the evidence regarding this officer-involved shooting to the grand jury. Although the decision of the grand jury may not be the decision that was hoped for by the family of Charles Roundtree, Jr., we respect the grand jury’s decision and extend our sympathy to the Roundtree family,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe D. Gonzales.

McManus said Davante Snowden reached for his pistol and Casnova fired a round that went through him and struck Roundtree, who was sitting on the couch. Roundtree was pronounced dead by the Bexar County Medical Examiner. Snowden was taken to the hospital.

McManus said drugs were found in the house. Police were called to the same location 50 times after Jan. 1, 2018 according to McManus.

"It was a very unfortunate tragic incident," McManus said at the time.

The family of Roundtree was pushing for an indictment against Casanova before Wednesday's result.

Meanwhile, Snowden was indicted early by a grand jury for felon in possession of a handgun as a result of the incident. He is pending trial in the 399th Criminal District Court of Bexar County.

When officers showed up at the house on Roberts Street for a disturbance call, family members said Snowden was running away from officers when he was shot in the buttocks.

"He didn't deserve to die that night," said Roundtree's mother Bernice. "He was there just waiting for his friend and he was shot and killed by a coward wearing a badge."

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in October 2018 claimed Roundtree's death was due to excessive force. Casanova opened the door without a no-knock warrant, did not identify himself as an officer and he was shining a light in the faces of Charles Roundtree, Singleton and Snowden according to the lawsuit. The three were supposedly on the computer and listening to music at the house.

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Location: San Antonio