On Monday, June 19, 2000,
off-duty Deputy Oscar C. Hill was at a nightclub on Rankin Road
in north Harris County. An altercation erupted outside the club
between several males, one of whom displayed a firearm and fired
a round into an adjacent open field. A security guard working at
the nightclub ordered them all to leave the property. Deputy Hill
exited the nightclub with the manager and was advised by the security
guard of what had happened. While he was listening to the explanation,
Deputy Hill witnessed a vehicle leaving the nightclub westbound
toward I-45. A subject was discharging rounds from the vehicle.
Deputy Hill then went in pursuit in his POV.
Hill managed to catch up with the vehicle at the intersection of
I-45 and Rankin Road. The vehicle had stopped for the signal light.
Deputy Hill exited his vehicle with his gun drawn and approached
the suspect vehicle on the passenger side in an attempt to arrest
the occupants. Deputy Hill reached inside the window of the vehicle
with his weapon. The vehicle suddenly accelerated, dragging the
deputy across the service road. Deputy Hill discharged his weapon
and fell in the roadway. A second vehicle, associated with and traveling
directly behind the first vehicle deliberately ran over Deputy Hill
while he lay helpless in the roadway. Deputy Hill suffered massive
injuries to his legs, pelvis, head, and internal organs. He was
transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.
Deputy Hill underwent several surgeries in an attempt to save his
life, but eventually succumbed to his injuries and died on July
22, 2000. The suspect in the case accepted a plea bargain for a
reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide and was given one
year in jail and seven years deferred adjudication. The suspect
was also granted permission to spend Thanksgiving at home with his
Deputy Hill was 26 years old and a veteran of the United States
Marine Corps and served in Southwest Asia and Somalia. He is survived
by his parents, one brother, and three sisters.