MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police Department Officer Connor Schilling has been granted a retirement.
Schilling shot and killed Darrius Stewart July 17, 2015, after he said Stewart attacked him.
Retirement was granted on a disability claim of post-traumatic stress disorder.
This means an administrative hearing, to determine if department rules were followed, will not take place.
Schilling worked for the MPD for just under four years.
“This retirement was granted by the pension board, because it is required under the city’s pension laws based on the recommendation of two doctors,” said Chief Legal Officer, Bruce McMullen. “Because Connor Schilling was under a doctor’s care, his administrative hearing with the Memphis Police Department was temporarily deferred. His retirement means the hearing cannot continue. ”
A grand jury denied an indictment.
Schilling said Stewart was not handcuffed, grabbed his cuffs and attacked him when he opened his patrol car door.
Schilling told investigators, “Stewart put his foot on the ground and refused to obey Schilling’s commands to place his foot back in the patrol car and place his hands behind his back. Stewart kicked the patrol car door open and into Schilling. Stewart charged Schilling and grabbed Schilling by the shoulders. Schilling turned around and took Stewart to the ground.”
Schilling said he repeatedly told Stewart to stop resisting but Stewart did not listen.
The two were rolling on the ground when Schilling said Stewart was grabbing at his shirt and duty belt which held his gun and ammunition.
Schilling said he believed Stewart was grabbing anything he could use as a weapon, “Stewart grabbed and squeezed Schilling’s genitals whey they fought on the ground. Stewart gained control of Schilling’s handcuffs and began striking Schilling in the face and arms.”
Schilling said he was exhausted and “believed Stewart was not trying to get away at this point in the altercation; he was trying to do physical harm to him.”
As the struggle, which was caught on video, continued Schilling said he worried he would be knocked unconscious.
Schilling fired two shots, one in the right upper chest, while the other hit his left arm and continued into his body.
After the first shot, Schilling said Stewart ran about 60 yards and Schilling gave chase.
Stewart reportedly fell to the ground and Schilling was able to get one handcuff on, but left the other off since Stewart had been shot.
District Attorney Amy Weirich did ask for Memphis police officer Connor Schilling to be indicted for voluntary manslaughter and employment of a firearm during a dangerous felony.
A grand jury chose not to indict Schilling for shooting and killing Stewart July 17, 2015, during a traffic stop.
The driver was allowed to leave, but Stewart was held because he had two active warrants.
In the report, the unidentified driver described an uneventful traffic stop.
He said Schilling explained he was holding Stewart because he had warrants, “Darrius was hesitating to get out of the car and said he was scared. Me and (name redacted) told him to do what the officer was telling him to do. He took Darrius to his police car and put him in the back seat.”
The driver told investigators, He (Schilling) kept telling him (Stewart) nicely to calm down and get out of the car. He told Darrius he would tell him in a minute what was going on. The officer told him nice and professional and that is when I told him just get in the car and go on and cooperate.”
Stewart had to warrants out for him at the time he was taken into custody.
Iowa City Police charged Stewart with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse while police in Illinois had a warrant for Stewart for juvenile delinquency.
A family member told police in Iowa that three boys told her Stewart, “put his penis in their butt on at least four different occasions.”
When police tried to speak with Darrius, they were told his mother had moved him to Louisiana.
The driver said the officer went over the ticket with him, “I asked him before I left could I go tell Darrius mother he was going downtown and the officer told me that was fine. I got Ms. Stewart and she trailed us back to the Winchester and when we got there we saw all the police cars.”