A reserve deputy constable in Harris County, Texas, was found guilty of shooting a woman in the head in a road rage incident on Nov. 11, 2014.
Kenneth Caplan, 35, opened fire on a 20-year-old Lori Annab for beeping her horn when he cut her way off during rush hour in Houston.
The officer caught up with the woman, rolled down his window and shot at her. Luckily, the bullet just grazed Annab’s head and even though she was badly injured, she survived the incident.
“All of a sudden I’m driving, and this guy cuts me off. He was about to hit me,” Annab told the police station. “I switched to the other lane, I got in front of him, and I cut him off. I guess that pissed him off … and he just fired at me. And then all of sudden I heard a ring in my ear.”
Annab was able to pull over to the side and call 911. She was released from Memorial Hermann hospital after three days with eight staples in her head wound and now suffers from seizures as a result of the trauma.
Even though Caplan had a history of anger issues, he was still hired by the Harris County police department. In just five years, Caplan had had 21 jobs, 12 of which he was fired from due to similar incidents. During his two-year tenure at the Precinct 6, he had had five logged incidents of rage.
Annab is also suing psychologist Carole Busick, who gave Caplan approval to return to training after he was thrown out of his first law enforcement academy in 2010.
The Colorado House Bill 16-1262 is a measure preventing police officers who have been kicked out because of their violent streaks from getting their licenses, and hence, stopping them from getting a job in any other police department where they can continue to cause harm to others. Perhaps Texas should also look into implementing a similar law to curb police violence and save innocent lives.