Responsible for shooting an unarmed 17-year-old suspect, a Texas deputy was recently terminated for violating departmental policies.
On the morning of December 26, 2021, Charisma Hannibal, 17, allegedly drove a stolen car into an off-limits parking lot near NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. According to police officials, a responding deputy confronted Hannibal, who exited the vehicle while ignoring verbal commands.
As Hannibal attempted to get back in the car, the deputy shot the teenager. Although Hannibal managed to drive away from the area, she was apprehended after a short pursuit when she stopped at a closed gate.
After Hannibal was taken into custody, paramedics transported her to a hospital to treat her non-life threatening injuries. The deputy was not wounded during the arrest.
Hannibal reportedly 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.
On December 31, 2021, Constable Alan Rosen released the following statement: “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.
“The deputy started working as a civilian at Precinct One in 2008, and became a certified deputy in March 2021.”
“After the red flag of the officer being terminated, I feel like they should be dropped,” Hannibal’s father, Darrin Hannibal, told ABC13 regarding the criminal charges against his daughter. “Lets me know there was something they were covering up.”
The Precinct One Internal Affairs Unit, Houston Police Department, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office are conducting investigations into the officer-involved shooting. Constable Rosen has not disclosed the name of the fired deputy who shot Hannibal.