Police: Intoxicated cop-killer who dragged and killed Sheriff’s Deputy released on bond in outrageous move

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HOUSTON, TX – A woman who was arrested on January 24th in connection to the death of a sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office has been released on bond.

The alleged cop killer, Lavilla Spry, had been taken into custody and charged with intoxicated vehicular manslaughter, failure to stop and render aid, and evading arrest.

The total bail she was assigned when she saw a judge was $275,000 for allegedly killing Harris County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ramon Gutierrez.

Spry was able to post the bond and was released from jail pending future court dates. 

After hearing the news, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez publicly spoke on January 27th, stating that he was disappointed in Spry being released. He said:

“At a personal level I’m disappointed. You know impaired driving…The suspicion of imparted driving…The killing of a peace officer is all extremely serious and should be handled accordingly to that same magnitude within our court, so I hope that’s the ultimate outcome.”

Sergeant Gutierrez had been working an off-duty detail escorting an oversized load on the East Beltway 8.

Sergeant Gutierrez had parked his marked police motorcycle on the highway with all the emergency lights and was diverting traffic from the area.

Multiple people in the area realized that Sergeant Gutierrez, who was wearing a bright reflective vest, was blocking that specific area of the roadway and it was dangerous to enter.

Everyone except for Spry, who allegedly drove around the police motorcycle and towards Gutierrez.

According to prosecutors, Sergeant Gutierrez tried to get out of Spry’s driving path but was unable to and was struck. Instead of stopping, Spry allegedly kept driving while dragging the deputy with her car.

The Harris County Vehicular Crimes Division Chief, Sean Teare, said:

“At the very last second, he [Gutierrez] tried to get out of the way. He couldn’t do it and she struck him. She drug him for quite a while and then just continued as if nothing happened.

“We had another one of the deputies who was escorting that rig who subsequently chased her for over a mile and was finally able to stop her, bring her back to the scene.”

Officers in the area were able to stop Spry and the Sergeant was airlifted to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Spry was arrested after she failed the filed sobriety exercises given to her after she was stopped.

A Harris County Judge approved a bodily search warrant so that investigators could acquire Spry’s blood without her consent.

The purpose of the blood draw was to determine what types of substances were present in her system at the time of the crash.

Teare, who knew Sergeant Gutierrez personally, talked about Spry’s alleged actions:

“There had been numerous cars that heeded his [Gutierrez] warning, and not come down that exit, but sadly, Mr. Spry was too intoxicated to pay attention or quite frankly to care, and Sergeant Gutierrez is dead because of it.”

When Sheriff Gonzalez spoke to the media regarding the death of his sergeant, he said:

“Our hearts are broken. There just isn’t really a word, any words when we lose a hero, a law enforcement officer in our community. It’s not only a loss to our agency, but also a loss to the community at large.

“It’s been tough for law enforcement to start the new year. We also had the untimely death of Deputy Crowder last week. I know NYPD also suffered a loss.

A young police officer was gunned down responding to a domestic disturbance call and the second is battling for his life.

“It really hits home when we step away from the job sometimes and just see the impacts that they had in the community and in service, with their families.

It just really leaves a large gap in our hearts. And that’s why we say it’s a commitment we make that will never be forgotten.”

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HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Harris County deputies are mourning the death of yet another law enforcement officer in a week.

This time, the alleged suspect in the case was intoxicated when she struck then drug a Harris County deputy to his death before fleeing the scene, according to police. Prosecutors in the case called the suspect “too intoxicated” to care.

 

On January 24th, Harris County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ramon Gutierrez, was conducting traffic control for oversized machinery on East Sam Houston Parkway North at Tidewell just after midnight when the incident occurred.

Sergeant Gutierrez’s marked police motorcycle was on the highway with all of the lights on while he was standing in front of the area directing traffic. He was wearing his police-issued reflective traffic vest at the time.

Sean Teare, the Harris County Vehicular Crimes Division Chief, reported the suspect, identified as Lavillia Spry, was driving in the area and bypassed the police motorcycle that everyone else in the area had avoided and continued towards Sergeant Gutierrez.

Sergeant Gutierrez attempted to jump out of the way of Spry’s car but was unable to do so. Teare said:

“At the very last second, he [Gutierrez] tried to get out of the way. He couldn’t do it and she struck him. She drug him for quite a while and then just continued on as if nothing happened.

We had another one of the deputies who was escorting that rig who subsequently chased her for over a mile and was finally able to stop her, bring her back to the scene.”

Medics arrived on the scene and tried to revive Sergeant Gutierrez who suffered traumatic injuries from the crash. Sadly, despite the best efforts of all involved, Sergeant Gutierrez succumbed to the injuries he received.

Officers who were able to stop Spry noted signs of intoxication when they encountered her. They requested that she perform field sobriety exercises to determine if she was safely able to operate a motor vehicle which she failed.

 

Spry was taken into custody and a bodily search warrant was authored so that they could take her blood to determine her level of intoxication. The warrant was approved and the blood was seized. Teare said:

“She [Spry] performed really badly on the field sobriety test. We got a search warrant. We took her blood.”

Teare noted that he has known Sergeant Gutierrez for several years as he was the officer on his first vehicular manslaughter case. Teare noted that knowing the victim in the case made it harder to prosecute. He said:

“The Vehicular Crimes Division of the Sheriff’s Department had to investigate this crash knowing that Ramon was either on death’s door or already deceased. It was emotional for me. It was incredibly emotional for every single one of them that were working there.”

Teare also expressed frustration knowing that the Sergeant’s death was completely avoidable, had Spry allegedly not driving while intoxicated. He said:

“He’s dead because she acted in an incredibly selfish manner to even turn the key and start the car, but then, just continue to act in a selfish manner by deciding she wasn’t going to go to the next exit, she was going to drive around the police.”

He added:

“There had been numerous cars that heeded his [Gutierrez] warning and not come down that exit, but sadly, Ms. Spry was too intoxicated to pay attention or quite frankly to care, and Sergeant Gutierrez is dead because of it.”

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez spoke about losing another deputy in the county in just a week. He said:

“Our hearts are broken. There just isn’t really a word, any words when we lose a hero, a law enforcement officer in our community. It’s not only a loss to our agency, but also a loss to the community at large.

“It’s been tough for law enforcement to start the new year. We also had the untimely death of Deputy Crowder last week. I know NYPD also suffered a loss. A young police officer was gunned down responding to a domestic disturbance call and the second is battling for his life.

“It really hits home when we step away from the job sometimes and just see the impacts that they had in the community and in service, with their families. It just really leaves a large gap in our hearts. And that’s why we say it’s a commitment we make that will never be forgotten.”

 

Sergeant Gutierrez is survived by his wife, two sons, and a daughter that is scheduled to get married in just two months.

Rest easy Sergeant Gutierrez, we have the watch from here.

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