A Texas deputy was fired after he shot a teenager who police said was driving a stolen car.
According to Fox News, 17-year-old Charisma Hannibal remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following the shooting, which took place in Harris County, Texas, last month.
A statement from the county’s constable revealed the officer’s “conduct was not consistent with departmental policies,” as Fox reported.
“On the morning of December 26, 2021, a Precinct One deputy was involved in an officer-involved shooting in the NRG Complex area,” Constable Alan Rosen said in the statement. “We are committed to accountability and holding all deputies accountable for their actions,” Rosen added.
“After a departmental review of this incident, the deputy involved in the shooting has been terminated. The Deputy’s conduct was not consistent with departmental policies,” he said.
Rosen also said the deputy first joined the department in a civilian role in 2008 “and became a certified deputy in March 2021.” The officer was not injured in the shooting.
An internal affairs investigation into the incident remains ongoing, Rosen said, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is also said to be reviewing the shooting.
According to Fox News, Hannibal “had a felony warrant at the time of the incident and was later charged with aggravated assault against a public servant as well as felony evading arrest.”
A press release from the Houston Police Department claimed the teen was “observed a dark colored SUV driving erratically through the parking lot, where no one was supposed to be. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver (suspect) of the vehicle refused to stop.”
The release added:
After a short pursuit through the parking lot, the vehicle stopped and the suspect exited the vehicle. The deputy gave verbal commands to the suspect, but the suspect refused to comply. When the suspect attempted to get back into the vehicle, the deputy discharged a duty weapon, striking the driver.
Speaking with ABC 13 in Houston, Hannibal’s father called for charges against his daughter to be dismissed in light of the officer’s firing.
“After the red flag of the officer being terminated, I feel like they should be dropped,” Darrin Hannibal told local reporters. “[The firing] lets me know there was something they were covering up.”