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Houston-area deputy who mentored others killed in traffic stop, officer says

Houston-area deputy who mentored others killed in traffic stop, officer says

Charles Galloway, 47, was a 12-year veteran and field training officer, Harris County Constable 5 Ted Heap said Sunday morning.

Galloway was performing a traffic stop on a new model white Toyota Avalon around 12:24 a.m. (1:24 a.m. ET), Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

“Witnesses describe the suspect as a Hispanic male (and) say he got out of his vehicle and immediately shot the deputy multiple times, hitting him and then drove off,” Finner said.

A witness told police an “assault type weapon” was used in the shooting, the police chief added.

“It’s insane. It doesn’t make any sense.”

The Houston Police Department and Harris County Constable escorted the slain deputy from Hermann-Texas Memorial Medical Center to the medical examiner’s office.

Galloway sometimes volunteered to work night shifts to make himself available for on-the-job training, Heap said.

Galloway is survived by a daughter, her sister and “the many officers here in Compound 5 who are trained by him”, mentored by him “and who he will miss dearly,” Heap said.

By mid-Sunday morning, no arrests had been made. The pattern remains unclear.

The Texas deputy’s death came less than two days after a 22-year-old New York police officer was killed in the line of duty.

Jason Rivera was responding to a domestic disturbance call when he was shot dead on Friday night.

While at the police academy, Rivera wrote that he wanted to “improve community-police relations.”