Officer Cleared in Deadly Shooting at Midland Restaurant

Published 08/01 2014 09:55AM

Updated 08/01 2014 10:00AM

MIDLAND, TX -- An off-duty detective who shot and killed an armed man inside a Midland restaurant last month has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to police.

A Midland county grand jury issued a "no bill" ruling following an investigation. Back on June 27, police say Nyocomus Garnett, 35, entered through the back of La Bodega restaurant around 9:30 p.m. and went into the kitchen with a gun, trying to rob the business. Garnett then began firing the gun in the kitchen, police say.

Off-duty detective James Cox was eating at the restaurant and confronted Garnett as Garnett left the kitchen. Police say Garnett refused to comply with Cox's demands and pointed the gun toward Cox. Cox then shot Garnett who was later pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

Cox was placed on administrative leave, as policy requires, police say. The Texas Rangers conducted an investigation, and Midland police launched an internal investigation.

An internal Midland police administrative review board met on July 10 and found Cox to be in compliance with all state and federal laws and department policy. 

Police tell us that Cox has been with the Midland Police Department since August 2007.

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