Travis County Grand Jury indicts three APD officers

A Travis County Grand Jury has indicted three officers with the Austin Police Department. The three police officers have been identified as Robert Pfaff, Donald Petraitis, and Nathaniel Stallings. 

Two of the police officers, Officer Pfaff and Officer Petraitis, were indicted for assault with bodily injury as well as abuse of official capacity and official oppression after deploying a taser against a civilian. 

Officer Robert Pfaff was also charged with aggravated perjury.


Both police officers responded to a shooting near Red River Street and 12th Street on Friday, February 16, 2018. When the officers arrived on scene, they found a victim with gunshot wounds surrounded by a group of people that may have included the shooter.

According to their lawyers, the taser was deployed against a person of interest that the police officers believed posed a safety risk to everyone in the vicinity. The District Attorney's Office, however, believes that there was a discrepancy between the body camera footage of the incident and the independent recollections of Officer Pfaff and Officer Petraitis. 

The third APD officer, Nathaniel Stallings, was charged after grabbing a woman and causing her head to strike the hood of a vehicle during an arrest on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Officer Stallings was indicted for assault with bodily injury involving official misconduct and abuse of official capacity. Few details have been released at this time regarding this incident.