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Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy killed by intoxicated driver

Sgt. Gutierrez was a 20-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office in the Houston area.
Sgt. Gutierrez was a 20-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office in the Houston area.(Harris County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 10:08 AM CST
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HOUSTON, Texas (KWTX) - A Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed in a fatal hit-and-run crash near Tidwell Monday morning.

Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez, 45, was escorting a heavy load along a service road in the 8900 block of E. Sam Houston Parkway.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Gutierrez was blocking the exit ramp when Lavillia Spry, 40, drove partly around and struck him.

The driver fled the scene but was later stopped by an officer. Spry showed signs of intoxication, Gonzalez said.

Several charges are pending against Spry, including intoxication manslaughter, failure to stop and render aid, and evading.

“Please keep one of our HCSO Sergeant’s in your thoughts and prayers. A few hours ago he was conducting an off-duty motorcycle escort when a motorist struck him. He’s been flown by Lifeflight in critical condition. The driver fled, but has now been detained,” the Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Monday morning.

In a tweet, Sheriff Gonzalez said Gutierrez was a veteran of 20 years and had served in his Vehicular Crimes Division for the past 13 years.

“Our thoughts & prayers go out to his wife, three children, his extended family, colleagues & friends,” the sheriff said.

Gutierrez leaves behind a wife, daughter and two sons.

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