The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, says that the culprit in question – reported to be Reserve Deputy Constable Kenneth Caplan, off-duty at the time – cut her off as she was driving, almost hitting her car. The victim chose to switch lanes then proceed to cut him off herself in retaliation, not knowing the reaction that Caplan was going to have.
The woman describes that Kenneth Caplan rolled down his window, pulled out a gun and shot at her with no warning. Everything seems to have happened very fast, the victim claiming she expected to be yelled or cussed at, and she could not believe she was shot until she realized she was heavily bleeding and could not stop it. With the last ounces of consciousness, she managed to stop in the middle of the South Loop and call 911.
After spending 3 days hospitalized, the bullet that luckily just grazed her head earned her 8 staples to close the wound. The victim says she is terrified of retaliation and she has been having trouble sleeping, working or studying due to the tragic event. She has stated in an interview that the most frightening part of the ordeal was the fact that everyone who witnessed the shooting just stood by and did not try to help. The woman’s statement also suggests that Caplan was accompanied by a woman in his car that did not try to stop the officer when he pulled out his gun and pointed it at the victim, but instead leaned back and got out of the way. She is currently being questioned but has not been charged following the initial investigation.
Kenneth Caplan however, is facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges and has been taken into custody on a $200,000 bail. The Harris County Constable’s office only said in a statement that Caplan’s behavior will not be tolerated and that all “necessary measures were taken to collect his credentials and remove him from status. “
Police officers on the shooting refuse to discuss further or disclose more information on the matter, and investigators claim that there is much more to this case but that it cannot be made public at this time.
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