At approximately 1:30
a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2002 Harris County Sheriff's Deputy
Shane R. Bennett, assigned to Patrol District II, responded to a
possible Home Invasion in northeast Harris County.
teen-age girl's frantic call brought Deputy Bennett and two other
deputies to the modest home in the middle of the night. Their mission
was urgent. Masked men with guns had broken through the front door
and were threatening the girl's family. The deputies heard screams,
so they went into the house, which was nearly pitch black. They
turned on their flashlights and walked through a few rooms. Deputy
Bennett was followed single file by two other deputies when they
confronted two masked, armed robbers. A gunbattle ensued in which
the two suspects and Deputy Bennett lay mortally wounded. Also wounded
were a female occupant of the residence and her infant son.
One suspect fled the house before the shootout, while two others
were outside the residence. One was serving as a lookout and the
other was in a getaway car. All were eventually captured and charged
with aggravated robbery.
A ballistics report later confirmed that Deputy Bennett died from
friendly fire, shot in the back of the head by a fellow deputy.
Deputy Bennett was a 5-year patrol deputy and an 8-year veteran
of the Department. At the time of his death he was survived by his
wife and their 20-month-old daughter.