• Grand jury to decide if trooper shooting through family's door was excessive force


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County grand jury is trying to decide whether a Florida Highway Patrol trooper used excessive force when he opened fire through the front door of a drunken driving suspect's house.
    The incident happened in November, after Orlando police officers said David Bachelor attacked them and then took off during a DUI stop. That led to a high-speed chase.
    The 15-minute chase, recorded by a camera in FHP Trooper Joshua Evans' patrol car, ended with Bachelor pulling over at his parents' house on Lake Pickett Road.
    In the video Bachelor, who was running, can be heard yelling, "Open the door."
    Ten seconds later seven gunshots are heard.
    Investigators said Evans fired seven shots through the family's locked front door.
    Bachelor and his parents were in the house at the time the shots were fired.
    According to reports, one of the bullets grazed Bachelor's head.
    His mother said paramedics told her he was a quarter-inch away from having his head blown off.
    The bullets passed through the house.    
    "If he can't control, you know, shooting like that, I don't think he should be a police officer anymore. He should get into another line of work. You can't just pull out a gun without saying anything to anybody and start shooting through a door like that," said Barbara Bachelor, mother of David Bachelor.
    She wants the grand jury to indict Evans for using excessive force. She said she was grateful to be able to tell the panel her story about what happened that night.
    "If he had turned that gun at a different angle then what he did, I might not be here today," said Barbara Bachelor.
    David Bachelor pleaded guilty last week to drunken driving, escape and battering an officer.
    He was sentenced to three years in prison and has permanently lost his license.
    The grand jury will hear from him next month.

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