Detective "No-Billed" in Connection With Deadly Shooting at Midland Restaurant

Detective "No-Billed" in Connection With Deadly Shooting at Midland Restaurant

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND – A Midland Police Department officer is back on duty following a "no bill" ruling by a Midland County Grand Jury.

Midland Police tell NewsWest 9, Detective James Cox was found to have committed no criminal wrongdoing in a June shooting at the La Bodega Restaurant.

As you may recall, 35-year-old Nyocomus Garnett, entered the back door of the restaurant's kitchen with a handgun in an attempt to commit an aggravated robbery.

Garnett threatened several employees with the handgun before firing the gun in the kitchen.

Garnett then exited the kitchen and was confronted by Detective Cox, who was eating in the restaurant at the time and heard the shots.

We're told that Garnett refused to follow Cox's orders and Cox then shot Garnett.

Garnett was pronounced dead on the scene.

Cox was placed on administrative leave following the shooting and an internal MPD administrative review board found that Cox was in compliance with all state/federal laws.