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Capital Murder Charges Filed In Death Of Bellaire Police Officer

The Harris County District Attorney has filed charges against Harlem Lewis, accused of killing a Bellaire police officer and a business owner on Christmas Eve.



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Lewis is charged with murder and capital murder for allegedly killing a police officer and a man who tried to help detain Lewis on the morning of Dec. 24.

The incident made national news in a time when the nation is debating tougher gun laws in the wake of recent mass shootings.

Houston police spokesman John Cannon says Bellaire police Corporal Jimmie Norman pulled over a car on Mapleridge near Jessamine Street around 8:45 a.m..

“The suspect apparently stops at the location near Mapleridge and then accelerates and flees the scene.”

The pursuit ended on the parking lot of a Maaco body shop on Bellaire Boulevard near Alder. There, Lewis crashed into a trash dumpster. Police say when Norman tried to arrest Lewis, the 21-year-old pulled out a gun and a struggle ensued.

Terry Taylor, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant and owner of the body shop, came out to help the officer.

Police say Lewis then shot Norman, got out of his car and shot Taylor. Both were pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

Cannon says two other officers who arrived at the scene were able to arrest Lewis after a shootout and foot chase.

“The suspect murdered a police officer, murdered an innocent bystander and fired shots at Bellaire officers who also could’ve been hit and struck and seriously injured, so who knows where it was going to stop. Luckily, the Bellaire officers were able to strike him and then take him into custody.”

Lewis was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He remains in critical condition, but is expected to survive. If found guilty of capital murder, Lewis could face the death penalty.