January 25, 2021

Shots fired at vehicle of off-duty Harris County deputy working security job

Shots were fired Thursday night at the vehicle of an off-duty Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy as he patrolled a west Houston apartment complex where he works an extra security job, officials said.

An unknown suspect fired shots at the unmarked police vehicle, striking it multiple times but missing the deputy, around 8:40 p.m. at an apartment complex on the 2100 block of Hayes Road in Briarforest, said Major Tony Huynh of the sheriff’s office.

The deputy, who was in full  uniform, had a conversation with an unknown person, got into his car and was driving around a corner when the shots were fired, Huynh said.

The deputy was not injured. He has been a police officer for eight years and employed by the sheriff’s office for five years.

“I’m upset and disappointed by the hateful and cowardly actions of the shooter(s),” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Friday morning. “The attack

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Black woman says deputy yanked her out of car during traffic stop

A woman lodged a complaint against the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, alleging that a deputy used excessive force when he yanked her out of her car, pulling her hair and arm, during a traffic stop last week in the Lakeside area of San Diego County.

“It was uncalled for, it was abuse of power, [and] it was racially [motivated],” Shynita Phillips Abu, who is Black, said during a news conference outside the department’s headquarters in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego.

Surrounded by two dozen activists and community members, she held braids she said the deputy had pulled out of her scalp and showed bruises on her arm that she said stemmed from the encounter Thursday.

“We are aware of the allegations and are looking into the matter,” Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ricardo Lopez said. The deputy remained assigned to the sheriff’s Lakeside substation as of Monday.

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