Teen Who Shot Houston Cop Was Released Without Paying Bail After Carjacking

Seventeen-year-old Brandon Bell carjacked a woman at gunpoint less than two weeks before shooting the police officer.

Houston, TX – The gunman who shot a Houston police officer multiple times during a violent crime spree on Sept. 12 had been released from jail on his own recognizance just days before the attack.

Brandon Bell, 17, and two other teens were arrested for allegedly carjacking a woman at gunpoint at she was passing out campaign fliers on Sept. 2, KPRC reported.

"'Get out of the car,” he said, according to victim Tina Kingshill. “I got this gun and I will shoot you.”

Bell also allegedly pointed the gun at another volunteer who was with Kingshill at the time.

Police later stopped the vehicle, and all three suspects were found inside.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office subsequently charged Bell with a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass to a motor vehicle, and he was released on a no-cost, “personal bond,” according to KPRC.

According to the Houston Police Union, Bell failed to show up at court on Sept. 10, but he was not penalized and his bail was never revoked, KPRC reported.

Two days later, he and three accomplices embarked on a violent crime spree beginning at a Valero gas station on Griggs Road, according to KTRK.

The suspects stole a 2003 Chevy Tahoe from a Valero customer at gunpoint at approximately 9:56 p.m.

The vehicle was low on fuel, and sputtered to a stop on Tierwester minutes later, at which point the suspects took off on foot, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

They encountered their next victim – a priest – on Meriburr Lane at approximately 10:10 p.m.

“A priest. You heard that right,” Chief Acevedo told reporters, according to KTRK.

The priest said he was on his knees, praying for his life, when one of the suspects pulled the trigger twice.

“For whatever miraculous reason, the gun didn’t fire,” Chief Acevedo said.

The suspects beat him and stole his two cell phones, then took off on foot again.

They soon encountered a woman sitting in a Ford F150 pickup in her driveway, and banged on her widow with a gun, the chief said.

The suspects ordered her out of the vehicle, then robbed her of her purse and cell phone.

They also demanded the pin number to her debit card, according to Chief Acevedo.

Officers in an unmarked patrol vehicle spotted the armed suspects near a Chase Bank on Tierwester at 10:21 p.m., and at least one of them began chasing the gunmen on foot, KTRK reported.

According to police, Bell opened fire on the officer in the back yard of a home in the area of Scott Street and Tristan Street approximately five minutes later.

The wounded officer fell to the ground as a second officer arrived at the scene.

The second officer fired a single round, killing Bell.

The wounded officer was struck three times – once in the groin area and twice in the upper body, according to KPRC.

At least one of the bullets hit near a major artery.

He was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Doctors successfully stopped the bleeding and repaired the multiple internal injuries caused by the bullets.

"There was a struggle, there was a fight, there was a fight for the officer's weapon, he lost control of his weapon, he got shot with his own weapon by the suspect,” Chief Acevedo later confirmed, according to KTRK.

A 17-year-old male and a 39-year-old male were both arrested in connection with the series of attacks, KPRC reported.

The fourth suspect, described as an adult black male, remains on the loose.

At least one of the four suspects has gang affiliations, Chief Acevedo added.

The wounded officer is the son of a 42-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, according to Chief Acevedo.

The 29-year-old, five-year veteran-of-the-force was up and walking on Friday, following a five-hour surgery, National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Vice President Joe Gamaldi tweeted.

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flybynight
flybynight

Soul patrol trolls in 5,4,3,2,1

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Hmmmmm, another great decision by the Harris County DA's office.... Can they be changed as an accomplices to all of Bell's crimes?

I'm sure the family is already asking for a ghetto lottery ticket because their aspiring angel was cut down in his prime by the mean police....

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

The one silver lining to the story is another useless, violent eggplant is Dead.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Texas is fast becoming another Blue State and soon will be just one more Commie run, Shitehole just like Commiefornia and Left York!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Time to roll the bodycam footage. Trust, but verify.

flybynight
flybynight

Maybe the thugs should start wearing body cams. Most of the time they have someone standing by with the old apple cam.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

George Soros has spent millions getting left-wing prosecutors and DAs into office as part of a strategy to destroy the USA via violent crime.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

no, not another story about one of these gutter lowlifes.....

sgtjjj
sgtjjj

You've got to be kidding. "Misdemeanor criminal trespass?"

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

The kid's parents must be so, so proud of the thugs they've raised. There should be a test on how to raise a child and if they can't pass the test, spayed or neutered. That goes for EVERYONE. Sick of this ship and the little darlings dancing in the street and do it over and over again. When shot by the cops we all know the story, they are now, getting their act together, becoming great students and volunteering at senior citizens homes......... pathetic.

Dixie whistler
Dixie whistler

I wonder if they are part of the illegal gang members in Minnesota!

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

DA Kim Ogg and "justice reform"...

Gridiron
Gridiron

At what point do we start suing the state attorneys who fail to filing the proper charges and let these criminals walk? I mean it's only fair since they want to indict a cop for a good shoot.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Black again shocked

DeborahO
DeborahO

The DA has the blood of two lives on his hands. I hope the officers family files multiple lawsuits and collects a huge amount of money. R.I.P. Officer.

bryantrent
bryantrent

scary

Stanracer
Stanracer

The "injustice" system works in strange and mysterious ways.👎🤔☹

mousegun
mousegun

I'm sure the family is in shock bc he had "just started taking classes at the community college" and was such a sweet and loving son...🙄

Gramercy
Gramercy

How can this be, Houston? Wake up! Time to applaud and laud those who defend your city against the THUGS that try to make the rules themselves...by breaking them!

magnumforc
magnumforc

Mr. Bell won't be doing any more jacking...sad that the officer was wounded but great Bell is meeting his maker. Hard to believe the catch and release mentality of the justice system. Here you go DaVon...you haven't killed enough people so here's a pass to continue....sickening!

John Chapman
John Chapman

What a crock of shit. NO BAIL on a carjacking point of gun? Criminal Trespassing of a motor vehicle? That's insane. Gets out. Skips out and goes on a crime spree. Again. Aggravated assault....AGAIN. Steals more cars....AGAIN. Then he tries to murder a police shooting him three times. Good thing the little scum bag was shot and killed in the deal. That will save the Harris County DA's office the time of showing up to request nominal bail on the misguided youth. Now the shit show starts with the family playing the lottery for blood money. What a crock of shit.

aguerrer
aguerrer

How is it ok to charge an actual criminal with a mis demeanor? Do your f*****g jobs you moronic prosecutors and judges. If a crime was comitted and then they hurt your family I'm sure you would throw the book at them. Stop doing this pc bs. Enough already. You do the crime you will do the crime. End of story.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

This only happened because the commiefornia governor approved it.

BanditOne
BanditOne

13% just being the 13%.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

How does the "No Bail" movement feel about this?

Dcunningham
Dcunningham

He carjacked a car at gun point he should have had a high bond not just a slap on the wrist. When Bell went out he did not think of the victims he terrorized and he threatened to take their lives, take them from their families and friends who loved them. The police saved how many other victims? Ine of them could have been anyone if us. Thank you for your service, prayers for your safety.

Charlie 60
Charlie 60

So..... One would have to guess that this is a County controlled by Demorats right? One more reason to turn every single branch of government Red come 2020..... God Bless the officer 🙏🙏🙏

emk
emk

Sadly every state has a shit whole and Harris county is ours. Ever since Katrina and the left overs they have put queers and scum in the elected positions. Honorable Texan's know to stay away from the area. Glad this little pecker head is dead and the officer will survive.

Guybythelake
Guybythelake

Why in the world was this guy released O.R. for a gun related crime??? I have ZERO understanding of that. Obviously if you use a gun to commit a crime, you should be considered dangerous enough to have to post a REAL BAIL.

Texasman
Texasman

I’m glad this POS is dead! Hopefully he suffered and bled out slowly! Prayers for the officer and family, glad he is up and walking!

ChristopherMarlowe
ChristopherMarlowe

The priest said he was on his knees, praying for his life, when one of the suspects pulled the trigger twice.

“For whatever miraculous reason, the gun didn’t fire,” Chief Acevedo said.

--God is still in charge.