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Deputy Involved In Denny’s Death Fired

Chauna Thompson has been terminated after an internal affairs investigation.

On June 8th, a Harris County grand jury issued a murder indictment for Chauna Thompson, who works as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, although she is currently on an unpaid administrative leave.
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Chauna Thompson.

A Harris County sheriff's deputy charged with murder has been fired.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says Chauna Thompson has been terminated after an internal affairs investigation.

Thompson and her husband, Terry Thompson, are accused of pinning John Hernandez down during an altercation and placing him in a chokehold, leading to his death.

Gonzalez says several other officers were reprimanded for their handling of the response to the scene.

He's ordered additional training for deputies who respond at incident scenes.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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