Austin police officer Nathan Wagner shot and killed Byron Carter Jr. more than two years ago in an incident that garnered wide community debate over racial profiling and use of force against minorities in East Austin.
Taking the stand Tuesday, the officer and his partner for the first time publicly recounted their recollections of the events, describing the experience as a traumatic confrontation that escalated in seconds. The officers said Carter was a passenger in the car of a teenage friend, who accelerated and drove in their direction.
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