Victoria County grand jury finds U.S. Marshal’s actions justified in the officer-involved shooting of JD Javier Lane

The Grand Jury concluded the Deputy U.S. Marshal's actions were justified under the law and no further action should be taken by the Victoria County Criminal District Attorney's Office

VICTORIA, Texas – A Victoria County grand jury has concluded a Deputy U.S. Marshal’s actions were justified under the law and no further action should be taken by the Victoria County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, following the death of JD Javier Lane. The Texas Ranger’s findings were presented to the grand jury. Lane was a suspect in a string of violent robberies the day before and that morning.

On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force attempted to apprehend 28-year-old Victoria resident JD Javier Lane after an arrest warrant was issued. The warrant was for the offense of Felon in Possession of a Firearm based upon information received by a detective. Following a foot chase, a U.S. Marshal fired at Lane, killing him. The U.S. Marshal reported seeing a silver metallic object in Lane’s right hand. The deputy believed it was a handgun and fired one shot hitting Lane in the back. Lane was found with a substance believed to be methamphetamine, a glass pipe, and a silver metallic “pipe scraper”. A press release said an autopsy revealed Lane was under the influence of numerous illicit substances at the time of his death.

Pipescraper

Metallic pipe scraper found on JD Javier Lane

Immediately following the officer-involved shooting of JD Javier Lane, the Victoria Police Department notified the Texas Rangers to request an independent investigation. A grand jury concluded the Deputy U.S. Marshal’s actions were justified under the law and no further action should be taken by the Victoria County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Constance Filley Johnson has been in contact with the family during the course of the investigation.

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Jd Javier Lane

JD Javier Lane