Houston deputy fatally shot during a traffic stop Sunday morning

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During an early morning traffic stop on Sunday, a Houston-area deputy was shot by the driver he pulled over, according to local authorities.

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The deputy who was killed was identified as Cpl. Charles Galloway by Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap during a news conference Sunday, ABC News reported.

Galloway, 47, had been with the constable’s officer for 12 and a half years, according to Heap, who also mentioned that he had trained and mentored numerous younger officers.

The Houston police department is handling the investigation, and Police Chief Troy Finner shared precisely what they believe happened.

Finner said witnesses saw a man exit his vehicle and shoot multiple shots at the deputy before driving away from the scene.

“This is senseless. It makes no sense whatsoever,” Finner said.

Heap added during the press conference that Galloway had no time to respond to the threat or defend himself. The suspect was also not in custody when the shooting happened, Heap noted.

Finner shared that “the best thing” the gunman can do is “turn yourself in.”

As for the officers who worked with and were trained by Galloway, Heap shared they were “broken up” over his death.

“He was the one who was sitting in the front seat with them. He was the one that was teaching them what to do and how to get home safely to their families. And here we are this evening with the roles reversed,” Heap said.

Galloway is survived by his daughter and a sister, Heap said.