HARRIS COUNTY, TX – A Harris County deputy constable, identified as 47-year-old Cpl. Charles Galloway, was fatally shot during what investigators say was an apparent traffic stop earlier on January 23rd. A manhunt for the suspect is currently ongoing, with only a vague description of the suspect currently available.

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Authorities say the incident occurred at approximately 12:45 a.m. along the 9100 block of Beechnut Street in Houston, as 12-year veteran Cpl. Galloway was conducting a traffic stop which officials haven’t specified the exact nature of as of this writing.

The suspect in question was identified as a “younger Hispanic male” who was driving a white, four-door Toyota Avalon. After the unidentified individual was stopped, authorities say the suspect exited his vehicle and fired “an assault-type weapon” several times at Cpl. Galloway, fatally striking the deputy constable.

Officials say that the suspect then reentered his vehicle and fled the area. Authorities are still actively searching for the suspect.

Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap described the shooting in a manner that resembled an ambush, saying, “Corporal Galloway did not have an opportunity to defend himself in this brutal attack.”

Cpl. Galloway had joined Precinct 5 back in 2009, having most recently adopted the night shift within the toll road division as a field training officer. Constable Heap noted the impact Cpl. Galloway’s killing is having on those within the precinct who knew and were fond of him.

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“Corporal Galloway was very much loved by the men and women he served with. There’s a lot of broken up officers who he meant a lot to in their lives.”

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The fallen deputy constable leaves behind his daughter and a sister.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo expressed condolences on the matter, adding that the law enforcement community who serves Harris County are faced with the reality that when they leave home to report to duty, they may not return.

“What I see is committed people dedicated to service, dedicated to sacrifice for the sake of this community’s public safety, who now have to wonder – even more – what happens every time they go out there on the streets and leave their families behind.”

The Houston Police Department is taking the lead on the investigation into the fatal shooting.

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