Press Release: The Harris County Sheriff’s Homicide unit is investigating a deputy involved shooting at the 10400 block of the North Freeway on December 6, 2012, at approximately 9:45 p.m.

A Harris County Sheriff’s deputy was working an approved extra job providing security for the retail store. The deputy was alerted by the store’s loss prevention officer that several female suspects were hiding items in their bags. The suspects paid for some small items and then attempted to exit the store with the other concealed and unpaid merchandise. The deputy confronted the suspects at the entry /exit of the store. He ordered the suspects to stop and attempted to detain them. The suspects began to force their way past the deputy. One of the female suspects struck the deputy and fled from the store. The deputy chased the suspect into the parking area. The other suspects entered a vehicle in the parking lot.

The female suspect that ran from the deputy entered the vehicle that the other suspects were in. The deputy then ordered her to stop and to open the door of the car. The female suspect refused. The deputy opened the door of the car for the female to exit. That’s when the vehicle went into motion with the deputy standing between the car door and driver’s seat. The deputy fearing for his life and safety discharged his weapon. The vehicle then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Moments later the Houston Fire Department received a call for service at the 1300 block of Greens Parkway in reference to a female with a gunshot wound. HCSO investigators arrived at the scene and determined the vehicle and suspect matched the description of those involved in the incident with the deputy at the retail store. The female was pronounced dead at the location by EMS personnel.

As is protocol, the Harris County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit, Office of the Inspector General and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office will investigate this incident.

The deputy is identified as Louis Campbell. He’s assigned to the Detentions Bureau and has been employed by the HCSO for 26 years.

Thomas M Gilliland Deputy, Media Relations /Public I


  1. Lucas Jackson December 7, 2012 2:14 pm 

    Guess she shouldn’t have done that, huh?

  2. Lucas Jackson December 7, 2012 2:18 pm 

    Your Twitter should read: Who knew you could die after trying to run over a cop at Wal-mart?

  3. Gus December 8, 2012 4:16 pm 

    Look at the photo – no surprises here.

    some things do not change…. just get worse….

    and now a little better

  4. Megan December 8, 2012 10:38 pm 

    Since when does theft justify murder? And why does this article not mention the children in the car? And how can you open the door while in front of it? I seriously doubt that this man’s life was in danger.

    • Lucas Jackson December 10, 2012 10:55 am 

      She obviously wasn’t shot because she had committed theft. She was shot for jeopardizing the deputy’s life by trying to flee instead of stopping. She caused her own death no matter how much you try to pass the blame, Megan.

  5. Megan December 10, 2012 9:15 pm 

    That NEVER justifies being shot. That officer couldn’t handled the situation several different ways, but his first instinct was to shoot. That is just wrong. I’m sure she had a license plate on her car that he could’ve remembered and written down, or called in right away. He could have shot out her tire, but he jeopardized the life of children, and ended a mother’s life over a stupid decision she shouldn’t have made. She deserves jail time and a hefty fine, she doesn’t deserve to die. Yes, out of actions come consequences, but this was a petty theft–they were afraid of going to jail, not dying. Items are replaceable, people aren’t. His life was not in jeopardy, there’s no way. So everyone who flees from the cops after doing something bad deserves to die? Your priorities need some work.

    • Lucas Jackson December 11, 2012 10:39 am 

      I beg to differ. She endangered the officer’s life by trying to drive off with him between the door and car. She chose her own fate, she should’ve just stopped.

      Don’t put words in my mouth, I never said everyone who flees from the police deserve to die. Police officers have every right to use deadly force when a criminal like this one puts their life in danger. What would you say if he wasn’t able o get his gun out and he fell down and got ran over and died? Would you still be trying to defend the idiotic actions of this reckless woman?

      You seem to have a problem with personal responsibility and blame passing. There are consequences to our actions. She made the wrong decision which gave the officer no choice but to shoot her to protect his life.

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