Harlem Harold Lewis: Man Charged in Christmas Eve Slayings of Bellaire Cop, Good Samaritan
Murder charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man suspected of killing a Bellaire police officer and a man who came to his aid Christmas Eve.
Harlem Harold Lewis has been charged with capital murder and murder in the shooting deaths of Bellaire Police Corporal J.D. Norman, 53, and Terry Taylor, 66, respectively. Lewis suffered at least one gunshot wound during the altercation and remains at Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.
According to a Houston Police Department press release, Norman "was working uniform patrol and was involved in a vehicle pursuit, attempting to stop a vehicle driven by suspect Lewis. The pursuit ended in the parking lot of the Maaco Auto business [at 5625 Bellaire Blvd.] when the suspect crashed his car into a trash dumpster. Cpl. Norman exited his marked patrol car and attempted to take the suspect into custody.
"The suspect pulled a gun and a struggle ensued. Mr. Taylor, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and owner of the Maaco paint and body shop, came outside his business and attempted to assist Cpl. Norman. At that time, suspect Lewis shot Cpl. Norman, he then exited his vehicle and shot Mr. Taylor. A responding Bellaire patrol car, with Bellaire Lieutenant W. Bledsoe and Detective D. Clawson inside, arrived on the scene. Suspect Lewis opened fire on the responding officers and the two officers returned fire.
"The suspect then fled on foot and was located and arrested at a nearby business complex. Paramedics transported Cpl. Norman to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Suspect Lewis was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Mr. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene."