DES MOINES, Iowa–A Grand Jury has decided not to indict a Des Moines police officer for fatally shooting a man during a traffic stop in June.
Ryan Bolinger, 28, was shot and killed when he approached a police vehicle driven by Ofc. Vanessa Miller.
Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert says he respects the process of a Grand Jury investigation and now his department will conduct its own internal investigation to review the evidence.
“This is a horrible situation for everybody involved. We`ll take that internal process and review our policy our tactics our training and best practices and see what we can learn from this and implement some measures that will make our officers more effective and safer as they go about their business.”
Police say they stopped Bolinger during a traffic stop where they say he got out of his vehicle and danced around erratically before taking off.
After a short pursuit, they say Bolinger got back out of his vehicle and made a quick advance towards Ofc. Miller’s squad car.
She shot him through the window, Bolinger was unarmed.
An attorney representing the family says they are disappointed with the decision of the Grand Jury not to indict.
“These are remarkably strong and resilient people, they`re doing their best to get through these times,” says Attorney Brett Beattie.
Beattie says the family believes their son may have wanted to get arrested so he could get help but he didn’t deserve to die.
He says Bolinger was engaged to be married and his fiancé is expecting the couple’s son in the next several months.
Beattie says they’re considering all their options.
“This family does not want to be involved in a lawsuit unless they have to; it’s their only avenue for justice right now since the criminal justice system is not going to process this case.”
The family has requested the police turn over all the evidence within the next several days including the dispatch tapes and dash cam video.
The Des Moines Police Department’s internal review will begin next week.
Until it’s complete Ofc. Miller will remain on administrative assignment.