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Hero Down: Harris County Deputy Amanda ‘Mandi’ Crowder Dies From Gunshot Wound

Houston, TX – Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputy Amanda “Mandi” Crowder died on Jan. 17 after suffering a “possible self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to the sheriff.

Deputy Crowder, 33, had been at Kung Fu Saloon with her boyfriend, a Houston firefighter, shortly before her death, KRIV reported.

The couple got into an argument after leaving the establishment and were traveling along Washington Avenue in a pickup truck when a gunshot rang out, her boyfriend told police.

He said that’s when he realized Deputy Crowder had a gunshot wound to her head, KRIV reported.

The boyfriend said he happened to be driving by Fire Station 6, so he pulled into the station to get help, according to police.

The critically-wounded deputy was subsequently rushed to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, KRIV reported.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales tweeted about the incident early Monday morning.

“An off-duty HCSO deputy sustained a possible self-inflected gunshot wound,” Sheriff Gonzales wrote. “She’s currently hospitalized in critical condition. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.”

Deputy Crowder succumbed to her wound later in the day.

An investigation into her exact cause of death remains ongoing, KRIV reported.

“It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the death of our deputy,” Sheriff Gonzalez wrote in an updated tweet. “Please keep her, her family, and our agency in your thoughts and prayers.”

Deputy Crowder served the METRO Police Department for three years prior to joining the HCSO in 2014, the sheriff said.

She was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit, Patrol District 2, and served as a detention officer during her time with the HCSO.

Deputy Crowder leaves behind two daughters, according to a fundraising page established to help her family in the wake of their loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Amanda “Mandi” Crowder, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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