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City of Midland News Release

Posted on: January 24, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Officer Cleared by Grand Jury

A Midland Police Department officer is back on patrol following a ruling by the Midland County Grand Jury.

Officer Zachary Chesworth was no-billed Wednesday in connection with an officer-involved shooting that took place just before 4 a.m. on Nov. 8 in an alley near the intersection of South Terrell Street and East New Jersey Avenue. In the alley, officers encountered armed subject Hector Subia, 36, who they suspected had been involved in a burglary and shooting approximately two hours before in the 900 block of West Taylor Avenue. Subia, who was still armed, directed a gun at himself before directing it at Chesworth, who fired two rounds at the suspect in defense.

Subia was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. No other injuries were reported as a result of the burglary or officer-involved shooting.

Chesworth was put on administrative leave immediately following the Nov. 8 incident, per MPD protocol. Chesworth, who has been an officer with MPD for more than six years, was placed on administrative duty the following month after being cleared by an MPD review board. A Texas Rangers investigation into the incident was also presented to the Grand Jury.

Subia remains in Midland County Jail on several charges, including burglary of a habitation intending to commit another felony, evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault against a public servant. Three other individuals were also arrested in connection with the burglary: Joshua Wallace, Joseph Gentry Jr. and Chancee Neatherlin.

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