Texas Police Officer Cleared by Grand Jury in Fatal Shooting of Joshua Feast

A grand jury has decided to take no action against La Marque Officer Jose Santos, the officer involved in the shooting death of 22-year-old Joshua Feast late last year, according to Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady.

Feast was shot to death by Santos, a La Marque Police Department officer, on the night of Dec. 9, 2020. Feast later died from his injuries.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and the Galveston County Criminal District Attorney’s Office conducted an independent investigation into the incident. A grand jury decided to take no action against the officer.

Officials held a news conference to discuss the decision at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

What happened

La Marque police said that on Dec. 9, they were able to identify a man believed to be Feast near a home on Pirtle Street.

Investigators said Feast had been a person of interest in an ongoing investigation into recent shootings in La Marque. Feast also had two outstanding felony warrants, including felon in possession of a firearm and felony evading arrest.

Santos was dispatched to positively identify Feast and arrest him on the outstanding warrants, according to LMPD.

When Santos arrived, he saw someone he believed to be Feast leaning into the passenger side of a vehicle.

On Dec. 21, 2020, officials released five minutes of bodycam footage of the shooting.

Bodycam footage shows Santos quickly exit his vehicle, pull out his gun and fire at Feast as he appears to be running away.

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SOURCE: KHOU 11, Cory McCord