Charisma Hannibal remained in custody Tuesday morning on an unrelated order, but the charges against her, tied to a shooting involving a deputy, have been dropped.
The district attorney’s office said all evidence will be presented to a grand jury in the future to determine whether charges are brought.
The day after Christmas, the teen was shot by a District 1 deputy sheriff while allegedly driving a stolen vehicle.
Houston police say Hannibal was driving erratically in a restricted parking lot in Belieant Park, and officers tried to stop her.
Investigators said Hannibal eventually stopped and got out of the car. That’s when the co-pilot gave her verbal orders, which police say she ignored.
When the teen tried to get back into the car, investigators said, the woman shot her.
Hannibal then drove away from the area, leading to a brief chase that ended when she reached a closed gate.
The teenager was arrested and taken to hospital by paramedics with non-life-threatening injuries. The co-pilot was not injured.
Hannibal was initially charged with aggravated assault against a public official and felony evasion of arrest.
The woman who shot the teen has since been fired from her job. One review found the deputy’s behavior was inconsistent with department policies, Constable Alan Rosen said.
“It probably happened because they felt it was possible that the fact that this teen was shot was somehow more serious than the charges she was facing, and to balance things out, they thought, ‘We I will remove it.’ ABC13’s legal analyst Steve Shellist said it would be less of a hassle for her legally. “But I think maybe more realistically, they dismissed it because their star witness was terminated. .”
Precinct 1 hasn’t released details about any potential bodycam videos from the shoot.
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