Houston Police Officer Shot to Death During Early Morning Traffic Stop

Charles Galloway was shot to death during a traffic stop in West Houston on Jan. 23, 2022. / Harris County Precinct 5 Office

A Precinct 5 deputy constable was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop early Sunday in west Houston, authorities said.

Cpl. Charles Galloway, 47, was shot after pulling a car over in the 9100 block of Beechnut around 12:45 a.m., police said.

Officials said that moments after Galloway stopped a white Toyota Avalon, the young male motorist leapt out and shot him multiple times with an assault-style weapon.

The shooting happened so fast Galloway hadn’t even gotten out of the car, officials said. He died at the scene.

At a news conference outside of the Texas Medical Center, Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap decried the violence playing out across the county.

“What we are seeing on a regular basis on the streets of Harris County has got to stop,” Heap told reporters. “These are not assaults, these are not attacks, these are brutal, brutal murders. This needs to stop.”

The Houston Police Department is investigating the shooting. Chief Troy Finner urged the suspect to turn himself in.

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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, St. John Barned-Smith