Charion Lockett: Family of man shot dead by Houston police demands investigative answers

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Looking into a fireplace decorated with degrees and pictures of her son, Shanetta Lewis let out a cry that could not cover her grief.

“Who are the police working with? Who are they protecting?” she asked.

Lewis’ only child, Charion Lockett, was shot dead by Houston police in her front yard on Monday, February 7.

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At the time of the shooting, a member of Houston Police’s Northern Ring crime squad was serving an arrest warrant for a more serious robbery. Lewis said she had no idea police were even investigating her son, who has no criminal history, for the crime until half an hour before the shooting.

“An officer called around 9:30 a.m.,” recalls Lewis, who said the officer on the other end of the line said there was an arrest warrant for her son. “”No, not my son,” she replied, announcing that the family would contact an attorney, and that her son would personally fight what the family believes are false allegations.

“My son went out for the day, following his routine. Less than 30 minutes after they spoke to us, they ambushed him with unmarked cars,” she recalls.

Lewis and neighbors said they saw four unmarked cars parked in the family driveway, and did not see marked units until after the shooting.

“They didn’t come in an HPD car and say, ‘We serve you a subpoena,’ they pulled up in four unmarked cars and started shooting at him,” Lewis said.

Shortly after Monday’s shooting, Police Chief Troy Finner said it was Lockett who shot first. He also praised the team for proactively cracking down on crime.

“They do a lot of proactive work. They’re instrumental in locating violent criminals in our city,” Finner said.

However, the Lewis family said the entire basis for the robbery warrant, the aggravated robbery, was questionable. The family points out that Lockett has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice, is practicing for the LSAT, and has never been in trouble with the law. By contrast, court records show that the high school friend who accused Lockett of robbery had a criminal record.

The family has hired an attorney and wants to see all the body-worn camera videos as soon as possible.

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s office said Lockett’s death was caused by “multiple penetrating gunshot wounds to the torso with punctures to the lung, subclavian vein, and spinal cord.”

“I want justice for my son. I want him back, but I can’t get him back. I want to know why they didn’t take the proper steps,” Lewis said.

HPD’s recent policy changes mean some body-worn camera footage will be released within 30 days.

Meanwhile, Houston police said they were unable to comment further pending an ongoing internal investigation.

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