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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:30 am

BELTON — A Bell County grand jury cleared a former Killeen police officer Wednesday of any wrongdoing in connection with a fatal shooting last year.

The jury chose to take no action against former officer Anthony Maskunas, who worked for the Killeen Police Department for 20 years. Evidence presented showed that Maskunas shot 34-year-old Seleucus Pollock at nearly the same time as Pollock shot himself in the head.

“The grand jury reviewed the facts and determined there was not enough evidence to indict,” First Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said.

The shooting occurred after police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 2200 block of Granex Drive on Feb. 28, 2012.

Two officers responded to the call around 5 p.m. They were invited inside the home and Pollock initially cooperated, Bledsoe said.

He became agitated after an officer asked if any weapons were in the home. When officers asked if they could search, Pollock ran to a bedroom. The officers followed him and forced their way inside. Pollock was behind a bed kneeling when he pulled out a handgun.

Bledsoe said Pollock waved the gun around and yelled at the officers to get back. He then pointed the gun at his head and Maskunas fired, hitting Pollock in the head. At almost the same time, Pollock fired his gun, inflicting a point blank shot to his head.

Maskunas later told investigators he had been aiming for Pollock’s shoulder in an attempt to prevent Pollock from killing himself.

An autopsy report determined Pollock fired first, Bledsoe said. The medical examiner said Pollock would have been unable to fire his gun had the bullet from Maskunas’ gun struck first.

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