A deputy filling up his patrol car’s gas tank in northwest Harris County was gunned down for no apparent reason tonight, and now there’s an active manhunt for his killer, authorities said.
Harris County Deputy Thomas Gilliland says the deputy was in uniform and pumping gas at a station off Telge and West when someone walked up and shot him repeatedly.
“A male suspect came up from behind the deputy and shot the deputy multiple times. The deputy then fell to ground. The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground,” Gilliland said.
The officer, a 10-year veteran assigned to the west district patrol in District 5, died at the scene. His name has not yet been released.
Gilliland says they think this may have been a random vicious act.
“This is a very tough moment right now for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. I can ask you if you give us your prayers and your thoughts,” Gilliland said. “It’s tough enough being a deputy and being in law enforcement in this country right now, but for people, the way that they are right now, I have no words for what this type of person did, the callousness is much.”
Now a manhunt for that suspect is underway. Officers described him only as a dark-complexioned man who’s about 5 feet 11 inches tall. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts at the time of the shooting and fled the scene in a dark red Ford Ranger.
“We are actively searching for this suspect as of right now. I can tell you that with diligence and justice, this suspect will be caught and he will be brought to justice,” Gilliland said.
Mckenzie Stalter heard the shots ring out.
“We were driving on West Road and we heard the shots, and when I turned and looked, the lady was screaming over top of him. So we busted a U-turn into the parking lot and that’s when we saw what had happened,” Stalter said.
Stalter says she saw a woman sobbing over the officer’s body. Continue Reading
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