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Sheriff Gonzalez Fires Harris County Deputy Who Fatally Shot Danny Ray Thomas

The HCSO’s Administrative Disciplinary Committee recommended the termination

Kita Thomas (center), sister of Danny Ray Thomas, spoke at the “No More Blood Shed” town hall meeting in Houston on April 2, 2018.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced Friday Sheriff Ed Gonzalez fired Cameron Brewer, the deputy who fatally shot Danny Ray Thomas on March 22 in north Houston.

A news release from the HCSO detailed that Sheriff Gonzalez accepted a recommendation for termination from the Administrative Disciplinary Committee.

Brewer had been on administrative duty since the shooting.

According to the news release, the Administrative Disciplinary Committee based its recommendation on the findings of a “thorough Internal Affairs investigation”, which showed that Brewer did not adhere to the Sheriff’s Office Use of Force Policy.

Brewer was on patrol on the afternoon of March 22 when he saw Thomas involved in an altercation with the driver of a vehicle at the intersection of Greens Road and Imperial Valley.

The HCSO’s news release indicated that “evidence showed that Thomas was behaving erratically and walking in the intersection with his pants around his ankles” and added that “when Thomas ignored Brewer’s commands to stop and continued walking toward him, Brewer fired a single gunshot that fatally wounded Thomas, who was unarmed.”

Brewer was carrying a Taser at the time.

“The brave men and women of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are called upon to make life-or-death decisions on a daily basis, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” Gonzalez said in the news release, while adding that his administration will continue to support HCSO deputies “with clear policies and the valuable training they need to protect the lives of all our residents.”

Thomas’ death, which has caused concern in Houston, is the subject of an ongoing and independent investigation by the Houston Police Department.

A civil lawsuit has also been filed.

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