A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH has been issued for Lee County until 8pm and for Austin, Montgomery, and Waller Counties until 10pm. Severe thunderstorms are possible with large hail and strong, damaging winds being the main concern. A brief, isolated tornado threat cannot be ruled out, as well.
HOUSTON - - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a suspected shoplifter by a sheriff's deputy during a confrontation outside a Houston-area Wal-Mart store.
Officials say Harris County sheriff's Deputy Louis Campbell confronted several female suspects suspected of stealing from the store Thursday evening.
Sheriff's spokesman Thomas Gilliland says Campbell chased one of the suspects after she hit him. The woman then entered a car.
Gilliland says that when Campbell opened the car's door, the vehicle accelerated. He says the deputy was standing between the car door and driver's seat and, fearing for his life, fired his weapon.
The vehicle sped away. The unidentified woman was found dying at a nearby apartment complex.
The sheriff's office and the Harris County District Attorney's Office are investigating.
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