BELLAIRE, Texas—The man accused of killing a Bellaire police sergeant and an innocent bystander on Christmas Eve made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.
Harlem Lewis, 21, was charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Cpl. Jimmie Norman, a 24-year-veteran of the Bellaire Police Department, and auto body shop owner Terry Taylor.
The shootings rocked the community, leaving family, friends and coworkers devastated by the loss of the two beloved family men.
It all started when Cpl. Norman tried to pull over Lewis for a routine traffic stop, but Lewis refused to stop. He led the officer on a chase, which ended outside Taylor’s Maaco auto body shop in the 5600 block of Bellaire.
Cpl. Norman approached Lewis’s car and ordered him to get out. That is when Lewis allegedly shot Norman after a brief tussle.
Taylor came outside of his business during the commotion, but was also shot by Lewis and killed. Taylor’s wife was inside the store when her husband was shot.
Norman died shortly after arriving at Ben Taub Hospital.
Friends said Taylor was a proud father, grandfather and veteran. Norman had a wife and two adult children. He was recognized by the FBI in 2010 for helping stop a string of bank robberies.
Lewis was also injured in the shootout. He remained in the hospital for a short while, but is now being held in jail without bond.