Authorities: Argument over stolen rental car leads to violent brawl, leaving teen dead and deputy injured
HARRIS COUNTY — A teen was killed and a deputy constable was injured after an argument over a stolen rental car led to a violent brawl in north Harris County Wednesday night.
According to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, two groups of men, ranging in ages from their late teens to early 20s, were arguing over a car in front of a house on Verde Trail around 8:30 p.m. The car was stolen and several of the men had been sharing it over the last few days, deputies said.
The argument escalated, and one of the men jumped into the car and took off. While he was fleeing, a couple of the other men pulled out guns and began shooting in his direction.
The driver ran over the teen as he fled the area. The teen died at the scene. Deputies said the teen may have also been shot.
The driver went to another location and called authorities to report the accident. He said he was running for his life.
When deputies arrived to the scene where the teen died, a large group — possibly more than 100 people — had assembled and tempers were flaring.
A large brawl broke out and when a female deputy attempted to break it up, she was assaulted.
The deputy was transported to the hospital in stable condition.
The case is under investigation and being transferred to a grand jury to see if any charges will be filed against the driver who ran over the teen.