A deputy sheriff in Harris County, Texas was shot to death during a routine traffic stop while still sitting in his patrol car.
A manhunt has been launched for the suspect after 47 year old Cpl. Charles Galloway, a 12 year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, was murdered at approximately 12:45 a.m. during a routine traffic stop.
Constable Ted Heap spoke out about the incident at a news conference at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
“This has got to stop,” Heap said.
'We have got to put an end to this'
Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap spoke early Sunday, as did other local leaders, following the fatal shooting of Pct. 5 Constable Charles Galloway.
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 23, 2022
According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, witnesses told police that a man got out of his vehicle, fired multiple shots at Galloway, and then drove off.
Galloway was shot before he was able to get out of his patrol car, and had no time to defend himself, according to Heap.
Finner also noted that he believes that the type of gun that was used in the shooting was an “assault-type weapon,” according to reporting from Fox News.
“This is senseless. It makes no sense whatsoever,” Finner said.
“Message to the suspect, the best thing you can do is turn yourself in peacefully,” he added.
Constable Heap remarked that shootings of police officers have become to common nowadays, and discussed how Galloway’s death has effected the community, as the deputy sheriff used to mentor younger officers.
“We have got to put an end to this,” Heap said. “I don’t want to raise my family, my grandchildren, in a county where this type of crime is running rampant.”
“There is a lot of very broken up officers who he meant a lot in their lives because he was the one sitting in the front seat with him,” he added. “He was the one teaching them what to do and how to get home safely to their families and here we are this evening with the roles reversed.”
The suspect has been described as a “younger Hispanic male,” Finner said.
The vehicle that Galloway stopped was a white, four-door, Toyota Avalon.
RIP to Harris Co PCT 5 Corporal Charles Galloway, shot and killed in the line of duty this morning during a traffic stop in SW Houston, HPd days. The 47 year old leaves behind a daugher. The latest coming up at 6:30 on #KHOU11 Morning News. pic.twitter.com/78Hm1aEGxG
— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) January 23, 2022