Bellaire community remembers fallen police officer, bystander

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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on December 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

BELLAIRE -- The community of Bellaire gathered Friday afternoon to honor and remember police Sgt. Jimmie Norman who was killed on Christmas Eve.

Family, friends and co-workers paid their respects at the visitation held at Bellaire Central Baptist Church.

Shortly before the wake, the hearse carrying Sgt. Norman’s body drove past the Bellaire Police Department one final time. That’s where he worked as a police officer for 24 years, and was named Officer of the Year twice.

Norman was a corporal in life, but after his death, the department promoted him to sergeant.

At the same time Norman’s visitation took place Friday afternoon, family and friends were remembering the innocent bystander, Terry Taylor, on the northwest side in Klein. Taylor was shot and killed along with Sgt. Norman in the Christmas Eve shooting.

During Monday’s shooting, Sgt. Norman chased a suspect and it ended at the business owned by Taylor. Taylor came out to help Sgt. Norman, and because of that Bellaire police consider him as one of them.

The suspect, Harlem Lewis, was shot. He’s still in the hospital and charged with capital murder.

Funeral arrangements for Taylor and Sgt. Norman are both scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

Taylor’s service will take place at the Klein Funeral home in CyFair, while Sgt. Norman's service will be held at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

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