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Crime Dallas police officer arrested, charged in 2 unrelated murders

23:43  04 march  2021
23:43  04 march  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

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A Dallas police officer has been arrested on two counts of capital murder, authorities said.

Bryan Riser, who joined the department in 2008, was transported Thursday morning to the Dallas County jail, where he’s awaiting processing.

Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia said in a press conference on Thursday afternoon that a witness came forward with information that implicated Riser in the 2017 murder of two separate victims.

According to Garcia, in August 2019 the witness told police that he had killed two people at Riser’s direction.

One victim was Lisa Saenz, a 30-year-old woman whose body was found in the Trinity River in March 2017. She had been shot multiple times.

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The other victim, Albert Douglas, was reported missing that year, but his body was never found.

a man wearing a military uniform: Chief Eddie García, center, speaks with media during a press conference regarding the arrest and capital murder charges against Officer Bryan Riser at the Dallas Police Department headquarters on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Dallas. Riser was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder in two unconnected 2017 killings that weren't related to his police work, authorities said. Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody Thursday morning and brought to the Dallas County Jail for processing, according to a statement from the police department. © Lynda M. González Chief Eddie García, center, speaks with media during a press conference regarding the arrest and capital murder charges against Officer Bryan Riser at the Dallas Police Department headquarters on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Dallas. Riser was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder in two unconnected 2017 killings that weren't related to his police work, authorities said. Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody Thursday morning and brought to the Dallas County Jail for processing, according to a statement from the police department.

Chief Eddie García, center, speaks with media during a press conference regarding the arrest and capital murder charges against Officer Bryan Riser at the Dallas Police Department headquarters on Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Dallas. Riser was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder in two unconnected 2017 killings that weren't related to his police work, authorities said. Riser, a 13-year veteran of the force, was taken into custody Thursday morning and brought to the Dallas County Jail for processing, according to a statement from the police department. (Lynda M. González/)

Investigators still don’t know the motives for the murders, but Garcia said that they don’t seem to be related to Riser’s work at the deparment.

Riser, who was working as a patrol officer before he was arrested, had been put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

According to the local NBC affiliate, Riser was arrested in May 2017 after he was accused of misdemeanor assault family violence causing bodily injury.

“This individual has no business wearing this uniform,” Garcia said. “That’s just not me saying that as police chief, I guarantee you every man and woman that wears this uniform that does this job honorably does not want anyone tarnishing our badge.”

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