November 17, 2008

Slain Police Officer's Widow Sues Houston Gun Shop

HOUSTON — The widow of a Houston police officer who was shot to death by an illegal immigrant has filed a lawsuit against the gun store that sold the murder weapon to the killer's wife. HPD Officer Rodney Johnson was killed on Sept. 21, 2006, by Juan Leonardo Quintero, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who is serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Johnson stopped Quintero for speeding and patted him down but missed the gun that Quintero used to shoot him in the back of the head from the rear seat of the patrol car. Joslyn Johnson, the victim's wife and a sergeant with the Houston Police Department, filed a lawsuit September 22, 2008 charging that Carter's Country gun store employees improperly sold a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun to Quintero's wife, Theresa Lynn Quintero. The Houston Chronicle reports that Juan Quintero picked out the gun, but store employees allowed his wife to fill out the required paperwork for its purchase. Quintero pleaded guilty to indecency with a child in Harris County in 1999 and was deported to Mexico, making him ineligible to buy a gun, according to the lawsuit. Read the complete story here:

Comments (15)

She ought to sue the Border Patrol and the killer's wife, but she's going after a settlement not justice. It really shows her "Love" for her husband, she should be volunteering for the Minute Men Project and raising hell about the illegal immigrant being in the country at all, but she's going for the big house and a pool, not justice. It's a tragedy her husband lost his life, but don't worry Obama will pardon all the illegals and we can take comfort in the fact that we're being robbed by "Naturalized Citizens" and we'll all feel better.

Posted by: TBILL | December 1, 2008 11:41 AM    Report this comment

One more case of "unintended consequences."

You hire a nice "undocumented immigrant" cuz he works cheap and doesn't complain. No harm, no foul, eh?

NOT THIS TIME or in thousands of other cases nationwide. It's truly time for an alien roundup.

Viva La Migra... Viva La Deportacion!

Posted by: RackEmPunk | November 23, 2008 8:38 PM    Report this comment

The wife is suing the gun shop for selling the gun and the city of houston for not having 2 officers in the car. Give me a break....The fact is that the cop was killed because he did a sloppy job searching the man and apparently didn't do a very good job of handcuffing him. If there were 2 cops in the car, both would probobly be dead. As unfortunate as it is that the cop was killed, it was thru his neglegence, not the city of Houston or the gun shop

Posted by: donba27 | November 21, 2008 2:50 PM    Report this comment

Seriously.... how many times have you been in a gun store and seen a couple together purchasing a gun? "Is the gun for you?" is ALL the employees can do. They cannot make her tell them any different. I don't know about you, but I have had my wife with me buying me a gift - to make sure she got exactly the right gun - and there was no intimating was it a straw purchase... she was the purchaser and she was giving it to me. What's the big danged deal? There is no way in Hell those guys would risk losing their ability to make a living if they thought something fishy was going on. Chances are it was a case of she could speak english and he couldn't... a VERY common problem in Houston nowadays.

Posted by: Markbo | November 21, 2008 12:28 PM    Report this comment

If the store employees knew that she was a straw purchaser, then they were wrong to sell the gun. Other than that specific scenario, then this was a case of fraud, and she should go to prison as an accessory to murder.

Posted by: Rhino | November 21, 2008 9:18 AM    Report this comment

If the store employees knew that she was a straw purchaser, then they were wrong to sell the gun. Other than that specific scenario, then this was a case of fraud, and she should go to prison as an accessory to murder.

Posted by: Rhino | November 21, 2008 9:18 AM    Report this comment

Is the wife illegal also? Surely she knows her husband was an illegal. She is an accomplice and possible an illegal also. She should be tried, sent to jail, and then deported!!!!

Posted by: Steven H | November 20, 2008 6:47 PM    Report this comment

The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil.

Posted by: CLEAT | November 20, 2008 5:41 PM    Report this comment

Some people are thin and flexible enough that it's no problem to step through the chain and get their arms in front of them. I've seen some officers deal with this by using two sets of cuffs: One set at the wrists, and one set just above the elbows.
Markbo is, of course, absolutely right. The widow isn't interested in justice, she wants the money.

I'm perfectly willing to bet that the employees of Carter's were perfectly scrupulous in following the law when they transferred the gun to the Quintero woman. SHE broke the law, not the store clerk. I hope justice prevails and the widow has to pay the store's legal fees.

Posted by: Gaviota | November 20, 2008 3:29 PM    Report this comment

The widow is suing because Carter's Country is the biggest gun store(s) in the entire Houston area. That is where the money is. It is not about right and wrong, it is about where the profit can come from. She is also suing the City of Houston and Quintero's former employer. Now tell me it's not about the money. Who should be prosecuted is Qunitero's wife, who knowingly harbored him after being deported for child molestation and for the straw purchase. As far as I know, nobody is going after her. FWIW standard procedure is to be hand cuffed and I believe that he was. How he got his hands in front of him I cannot say.

Posted by: Markbo | November 20, 2008 12:52 PM    Report this comment

my question is why is this killer serving life in prison? doesn't texas execute people. is this not a crime punishable by execution. what made the officer different than a average citizen. where was the hate crime attachment to the charge. shame on texas for allowing this dog to continue breathing. if that was my son that dirty s.o.b. would be checking out his roots. under 6 feet of dirt. the wife she should be charged to. where are the prosecutors in this case. charge them with dereliction of their duty. the whole thing stinks. if the gun store did do a straw purchase then they should be held accountable, but remember there is always 2 sides to the story the news medias and then the truth.

Posted by: pa-cman | November 20, 2008 12:27 PM    Report this comment

If the perp's wife filled out the federal form and knowing was buying it for her husband, then she should be prosecuted. But of course this will not happen since practically no one (or no one) has been prosecuted for this violation. Another example of how the Brady bill was such a useless piece of legislation.

Posted by: BaldEagle1938 | November 20, 2008 12:15 PM    Report this comment

Too bad that a police officer was slain while doing his job. If the officer made a mistake it still is not right that some non-citizen takes a life for any reason. The problem in the first place is what was an illegal immigrant doing in this country to begin with? The lawsuit should be against the state of Texas for continuing to allow illegals to roam free. If they are illegal, shoot them. That is the only way this country will ever solve the illegal immigrant problem. The offender in this case, having been found guilty, should have taken to the border and shot immediately after his trial and his family sent back to Mexico.

Posted by: barry13 | November 20, 2008 11:50 AM    Report this comment

Once again, this is an example of our need to secure our borders. The money being used in this lawsuit would be better spent filing a suit against the department for controlling illeagal immigration.

Posted by: RICHARD B | November 20, 2008 11:48 AM    Report this comment

Let's see now the police officer missed the gun while patting down the perp. He was then shot in the back of the head from the back seat of the patrol car.

The police procedure of the small town where I did police vehicle maint. required that anyone arrested and placed in the police vehicle was to have their hands cuffed behind their back.

It would be very difficult to shoot someone in the back of the head from the backseat with your hands cuffed behind your back. Makes me wonder if this officer failed to follow procedure as well as common sense.

Now this does not mean I do not hate that the officer was killed.

Posted by: Gary M | November 20, 2008 11:40 AM    Report this comment

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