Shoppers at a Walmart along the North Freeway at West Road witnessed a gruesome scene Thursday night when an off-duty police officer shot and killed a suspected shoplifter attempting to flee the scene by car.
Around 9:45 p.m., the store's loss prevention team spotted a group of women stuffing merchandise into their purses. Harris County deputy Louis Campbell, who was working an approved extra job that evening as Walmart security, was alerted immediately when the suspects made their way to checkout.
When Campbell opened the driver's door and ordered the suspects to stop, the vehicle revved forward, dragging the deputy along with it.
The deputy made his move, ordering the group to stop as they rushed through the exit and entered their getaway car in the parking lot.
According to KHOU Ch. 11, when Campbell opened the driver's door and ordered the suspects to stop, the vehicle revved forward, dragging the deputy along with it.
“I think it knocked him off balance," said Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). "In fear of his life and being ran over, he discharged his weapon at that point.” The car fled the scene with one of the suspects suffering from a serious gunshot wound.
The suspects stopped moments later at a nearby apartment complex on Greens Parkway, where they called for an ambulance. EMS personnel with the Houston Fire Department attempted to revive the injured woman, but she died at the scene.
In a statement, HCSO says it will investigate the incident along with the Inspector General and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.