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Who killed Charles Galloway? Texas cop shot dead during traffic stop in 'ambush attack'

Charles Galloway, a Harris County Precinct 5 deputy, was shot dead so suddenly that he didn't have time to defend himself
UPDATED JAN 24, 2022
Corporal Charles Galloway was shot dead during a traffic stop in Houston (Photo credit: Harris County Police DEpartment)
Corporal Charles Galloway was shot dead during a traffic stop in Houston (Photo credit: Harris County Police DEpartment)

HOUSTON, TEXAS: A Harris County Precinct 5 deputy constable in Texas was shot dead early Sunday during a midnight traffic stop in what authorities are calling an "ambush attack".

Corporal Charles Galloway, a Precinct 5 deputy, pulled over a car for a traffic stop at 12:45 am when the driver immediately got out and fired at Galloway.The suspect shot at the officer so suddenly that the corporal did not have any opportunity to defend himself. Constable Ted Heap in a news conference said, "Corporal Galloway did not have any opportunity to defend himself in this brutal attack."

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According to police, Galloway was shot multiple times and killed. After the attack, the suspect fled the crime scene; authorities described the suspect as a young male who was driving a new white Toyota Avalon. They are on the lookout for the man.

The fallen Texas cop joined Precinct 5 in 2009 and he used to train and monitor younger cops in the field; he decided to go on the night shift so that he could be a field training officer.

After serving Harris County for more than 12 years, Golloway was much loved and respected by his fellow colleagues. According to constable Heap, "Corporal Galloway was very much loved by the men and women he served with. There are a lot of broken-up officers who he meant a lot to in their lives." 

The 47-year-old leaves behind a daughter and sister; Harris County Precinct 5 is praying for them and supporting them. HPD is handling the investigation, and funeral services are pending as of now.

This incident has led to leaders calling for an end to the rise in violent crimes, as attacks are happening on officers who are simply doing their duties. 

Authorities are also worried that these kinds of criminals are roaming the streets freely and that they do not want to raise their families in a county where this type of crime is running rampant.