HOUSTON, TX – The day after Christmas, a Precinct 1 deputy constable initiated a traffic stop, only to find the vehicle reported stolen.
The 17-year-old female driver allegedly drove the vehicle erratically into an off-limits parking lot near NRG Stadium, home of the NFL franchise Houston Texans.
The deputy tried to stop her from entering, but the driver is said to have refused.
Charisma Hannibal eventually stopped the vehicle and stepped out. The deputy gave verbal commands, but police say that she again refused to comply.
At that point, the teenager then attempted to get back in the vehicle when the deputy discharged their weapon, striking the subject multiple times. She then drove away in the stolen SUV, stopping only after she came to a closed gate, blocking her escape.
HPD Commanders, PIO & Investigators are responding to reports of a suspect shot by Precinct 1 Deputies at 8200 N Stadium Drive. The suspect was struck and transported to an area hospital. Further information will be provided at the scene. #hounews pic.twitter.com/5AWqZncwDZ
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 26, 2021
It was then that she was taken into custody and paramedics took her to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The unidentified deputy did not suffer any injuries.
According to law enforcement officials, there was an open felony warrant for Hannibal. She has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant and felony evading arrest.
It has not been released what actions from Hannibal led to the aggravated assault charge. It is also not clear if she will face any charges related to the stolen vehicle.
Following an internal investigation, Precinct 1 Constable Al Rosen has announced that the deputy has been terminated. Constable Rosen’s statement read:
“On the morning of December 26, 2021, a Precinct One deputy was involved in an officer-involved shooting in the NRG Complex area. We are committed to accountability and holding all deputies accountable for their actions.
After a departmental review of this incident, the deputy involved in the shooting has been terminated. The Deputy’s conduct was not consistent with departmental policies.
The deputy started working as a civilian at Precinct One in 2008 and became a certified deputy in March 2021.
This is an ongoing investigation by the Precinct One Internal Affairs Unit, Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.”
Hannibal’s father, Darrin spoke with Houston’s ABC 13.
Pointing to “a lot of red flags,” he told the cameras that there must be some sort of cover up. Not only does he want to know what really happened in those early morning, but he wants to know if the hospital is being honest about his daughter’s condition.
“I need to know her health condition, you know, whether or not, is she really in stable condition or is she in critical condition. Is she fighting for her life?” Hannibal said.
He told the reporter that his daughter has had a rough go the past 3 months, collecting two open misdemeanors and a felony drug charge. But he also states that he and his wife are trying to get the high school senior heading back in the right direction.
His comments then took an even stranger turn, still looking at ‘red flags’.
“It was a red flag. [It] lets me know that there was something they were covering up.”
He believes that the charges against his daughter are now tainted and wants them dismissed.
“In light of the officer being terminated, I feel like they should be dropped,” he said.
This is an ongoing investigation. We do not have all the facts of the case yet.
So, even if Constable Rosen is correct in saying that the deputy acted outside the parameters of department policy, it does not negate the fact that she is alleged to have been driving a stolen vehicle, refused to comply with verbal commands from law enforcement, assaulted an officer and attempted to flee and evade.
Texas penal code 22.02 defines aggravated assault as: an assault that causes serious bodily injury to another, including the person’s spouse; or uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault.
Given the limited details, it is unknown if Hannibal had a weapon in the vehicle, or if the SUV was itself the weapon and she drove towards the deputy.
Law Enforcement Today will continue to follow this case and provide updates as they become available.
Rush to judgement: Officer fired just 48 hours after deadly shooting of driver who drove vehicle at him
ARLINGTON, TX – In what some are calling a rush to judgement, an Arlington police officer was fired for violating department policy just 48 hours after fatally shooting a man who drove a vehicle at the officer during a pursuit.
Police Chief Al Jones confirmed at a Friday press conference that Ofc. Robert Phillips, a 7-year veteran of the force, was terminated less than 48 hours after the deadly encounter. Chief Jones said:
“The facts as we know them today are not going to change today. They’re not going to change tomorrow. They’re not going to change six months from now…As a result of the administrative review, I have decided to terminate his employment.”
During the press conference, Chief Jones released both bodycam and dashboard camera footage of the Oct. 20 shooting that happened off Carla Court.
Jones said he terminated Phillips’ employment because he violated multiple department orders that included not shooting at a moving vehicle and only using deadly force when “protecting yourself or someone else.”
However, video of the incident appears to contradict the Chief’s statements.
The incident began when a 911 caller reported a driver slumped over in an SUV in the middle of the Pioneer Parkway.
Officers responded expecting a medical emergency, and emergency services personnel initially stood next to the vehicle while officers tried to speak with the driver.
Body-worn video shows a different Arlington Police officer, who has not been identified, commanding Fischer to turn off his car and telling him “Do not move this car” three times before Fischer drove off.
Ofc. Phillips pursued the vehicle as Fischer led officers on a slow-speed chase through the city. The fleeing suspect turned down Daniel Drive and stopped near Arlington Lane.
At the intersection, Ofc. Phillips tells Fischer, whose hands are visible hanging outside the window as if surrendering, more than 10 times to either throw his keys out of the car or drop his keys, which Fischer does not do.
At one point in the video, Ofc. Phillips can be heard warning Fischer, “This is not going to end well for you if you do not drop those keys.”
As Ofc. Phillips begged Fischer to stop and surrender, the suspect drove away again with officers in pursuit.
Ofc. Phillips and another officer pursued the vehicle as Fischer led them on a slow-speed chase through the city. The fleeing suspect turned down Carla Court, a cul-de-sac, where Ofc. Phillips and the other officer attempted to block him in with their police vehicles.
Fischer’s vehicle began to make a U-turn and slowed almost to a stop, prompting Ofc. Phillips to exit his police vehicle preparing to move in to arrest the suspect.
At that point, Fischer made the decision to accelerate toward the officer. Ofc. Phillips fired six shots through the suspect’s windshield, striking Fischer. Fischer was rushed to a local hospital where he later died.
Chief Jones said the termination was for transparency. He also made the bizarre suggestion that the officer could have backed up or remained in his vehicle and allowed the suspect to escape:
“(Phillips) could have backed up behind (his) vehicle and allowed the vehicle to go by. He could have stayed in his vehicle, so he didn’t put himself in a situation where he had to use deadly force.”
The Arlington Police Association disagreed, calling the Chief’s decision a “hasty judgement” without a complete investigation being completed. Officer J.P. Mason, president of the Arlington Police Association, said:
“I call on the department to reverse this hasty decision today and immediately reinstate this officer. “They are handing down judgments without giving time for a complete investigation. The department needs to allow the total investigation to be done and all the facts reviewed before taking such punitive action against the officer.”
Mason blasted the two-day period between the shooting and the termination of the officer, pointing out that a proper investigation cannot be completed in such a short time:
“We’re jumping to conclusions here and it’s been less than 48 hours. A thorough investigation cannot be completed without interviewing all the witnesses and processing all the evidence. We need to slow down and make sure we have all the facts and that the law is followed when it comes to the officer’s rights.”
The Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas called the termination a political decision not based on facts. Charley Wilkinson, CLEAT’s executive director said:
“What is clear is the officer was trained by the Arlington Police Department in the law and pursuit and deadly force policy. He followed his training as he believed his life was under immediate threat. This is a political firing by an administration that is publicly washing its hands of any connection to this officer that they screened, hired and trained.”
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Officer charged with manslaughter in shooting death of Bennie Edwards, who charged officers with a knife
March 19, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office charged a city police officer involved with the shooting death of Bennie Edwards late last year with manslaughter on Thursday.
Bennie Edwards, a black man with mental illness, was armed with a knife and charged at officers before the shooting.
District Attorney David Prater filed the charges against Sgt. Clifford Holman. In filing the charges, Prater said:
“There are always many things to consider when determining whether or not an officer’s use of deadly force is lawfully justified or not. Any loss of human life is tragic, and I take these decisions very seriously.”
The incident occurred on December 11, when officers were called to a report of a homeless man on the sidewalk in front of Extra Cash Gold and Loan on Hefner Road in the city. Police said the business owner had called police about 60-year-old Edwards hanging out in front of his business.
In an affidavit, investigating detective Bryn Carter said that the first officer to arrive, Sgt. Keith Duroy, requested backup from a unit carrying a taser. Duroy made contact with Edwards, who was armed with a knife and told the officer to leave.
Sgt. Holman arrived on the scene with a taser. Another officer also arrived but did not deploy a taser or fire shots during the incident.
Edwards continued holding the knife despite multiple orders from police to drop it. When he refused, Sgt. Holman deployed his taser, which had no effect. Edward ran toward Duroy with the knife after the failed taser attempt, and then turned and began running away from the officers.
Both DuRoy and Sgt. Holman fired rounds at Edwards. The affidavit filed by Carter read:
“(Holman) fired three shots unnecessarily at Mr. Edwards as he was running away, striking him in his upper middle back causing his death.”
Holman’s attorney released a statement saying his client acted accordingly, and that the law firm will vigorously defend the officer:
“(Holman) acted lawfully, and we are proud to represent him as we fight these charges in a court of law.”
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) also defended the actions of Sgt. Holman, saying he acted as he was trained. Police Union President John George said:
“In this situation, when faced with a disturbed individual armed with a deadly weapon, our officers used multiple methods of de-escalation and less-lethal options to try to avoid the use of deadly force. When those efforts were ineffective, the officers were put in peril when they were charged by the armed person. We maintain that Sgt. Holman upheld his duty and followed the law.”
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