HOUSTON -— Officials have identified the Bellaire police officer and an innocent bystander who were shot and killed following a chase Monday morning in southwest Houston.
Bellaire police officer Cpl. Jimmie Norman, 53, died from gunshot wounds at Ben Taub Hospital. Police identified Terry Taylor as the other man who died at the scene after being hit by stray bullets from the shooting. Taylor is the owner of the car repair shop where the shooting took place.
The incident was reported just before 9 a.m. outside the Maaco store in the 5600 block of Bellaire Boulevard, according to the Houston Police Department. HPD is handling the criminal investigation, while Bellaire police are handling the internal investigation.
Norman, 24-year law enforcement veteran, leaves behind a wife and two adult children. The Bellaire police chief said
Views from KHOU's helicopter showed at least a dozen bullet casing markers in the parking lot of the business, an auto paint and body shop.
Police said the shooter was subsequently shot by officers arriving at the scene. He was shot twice and is in critical condition. They said the suspect tried to hide at a neighboring business but was soon taken into custody and sent to the hospital in critical condition.
“You get tired of seeing this,” witness Stephanie Pacheco told KHOU News. “You get tired of seeing innocent people die.”
She said she saw the chase as it came to an end. The first vehicle was the suspect’s Honda, the second was a white pickup, and the third was Norman's patrol vehicle.
The truck and Norman followed the Honda into the Maaco shop’s parking lot. When it was clear they could go no further, Pacheco said Norman left his vehicle to approach the Honda.
“He is in the car trying to pull the guy out of the car,” she said. “And I’m wondering ‘why are you trying to pull this guy out of the car and you’re by yourself?’”
That is when she said several shots were fired. An HPD spokesman said Norman never had a chance to return fire.
“These people had families,” Pacheco said. “This is the day before Christmas, for crying out loud, and you know it just doesn’t make any sense that things have gone to pot like it is now.”
As for the driver of the pickup, investigators were still questioning him as of noon. They said it appeared the Honda may have hit his vehicle in the city of Bellaire and then sped off, triggering a pursuit that went into the city of Houston.