A 47-year-old Harris County, TX, deputy constable died after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop in southwest Houston Sunday morning.

Corporal Charles Galloway conducted a traffic stop at about 12:45 a.m. for a driver of a four-door Toyota Avalon, when witnesses told police officers they saw a suspect get out of the vehicle, fire a weapon at the deputy multiple times and drive off, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner told KXAN news. Galloway was a 12-year veteran of Precinct 5 and a field training officer.

Finner said Galloway was conducting a traffic stop and before he could get out of his patrol car, the suspect got out of his vehicle and started firing his weapon towards Galloway, KHOU-11 reported. “He (the suspect) got out of his vehicle, immediately fired upon the deputy multiple times, striking him and then drove off,” said Finner, who called the incident senseless and said he believes an semiautomatic rifle was used in the shooting.  

The Houston Police Department is leading the investigation of the shooting.