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Video shows husband of Texas deputy involved in choking death of man during fatal altercation at Denny’s

June 6, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Video shows husband of Texas deputy involved in choking death of man during fatal altercation at Denny’s

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Disturbing cell phone video has surfaced showing the moment the husband of a Texas Sheriff’s Deputy choked the life out of man during a fatal altercation at a Denny’s restaurant on May 28th.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Terry Thompson, the husband of a Harris County deputy confronted 24-year-old John Hernandez after witnessing him urinating outside Denny’s restaurant near U.S. 90 around midnight.

Witnesses say a physical altercation ensued, and Thompson overpowered Hernandez, who was too drunk to defend himself.

Thompson’s wife, Deputy Shauna Thompson, who was off-duty, arrived on the scene, called for backup and helped subdue Hernandez.

Cell phone video of the fatal altercation was released during a press conference on Monday by Jack Carroll, attorney for the family of Hernandez.

“A concerned anonymous citizen brought me the video because he said it shows murder,” Carroll said. ” and I concur.”

The 52-second video clip, recorded by a bystander who witnessed the deadly scuffle, shows Terry Thompson on top of Hernandez, holding him in a chokehold for 15 minutes as the man wailed and struggled to breathe.

Blood is seen on the hands of Hernandez and on the sidewalk.

“Do you want me to hit you again?” Thompson repeatedly asked Hernandez, who could only respond with a faint groan as he wiggled his legs.

The wife of Hernandez and their 3-year-old daughter were screaming for Thompson to stop.

An unidentified man and woman at the scene attempted to block the bystander from further recording the scuffle.

“It’s a very sad video because you’re watching a man being killed. He was kicking his legs in a helpless fashion, and you can hear him gargling or gurgling, while his wife and daughter scream ‘Stop, stop,’” Carroll said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez maintains that although the deputy assisted in restraining Hernandez, she immediately called for help when she noticed the man had stopped breathing.

However, eyewitnesses at the scene have maintained the deputy did nothing to help Hernandez, who was left in a coma and died three days later.

Although a medical examiner ruled the death of Hernandez Tuesday, Terry Thompson still has not been charged or named as a suspect in the death of Hernandez while Shauna Thompson remains on active duty.

Harris County prosecutors said the case will go before a grand jury, who will view the unedited version of the video.

Because of the deputy’s involvement in the incident, Gonzalez has requested the Department of Justice and Texas Rangers to assist in overseeing the investigation to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

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