Deputy Constable Jennifer Lauren Chavis

Deputy Constable Jennifer Lauren Chavis

Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, April 2, 2022

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Jennifer Lauren Chavis

Deputy Constable Jennifer Chavis was killed when her patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on Beltway 8 near Fondren Road.

Other drivers had called 911 to report that the driver of a Ford F-550 was possibly drunk and had just fled the scene of another crash. Deputy Chavis positioned her patrol car on the shoulder of Beltway 8 and waited to intercept the vehicle. The vehicle struck the back of her SUV while it was parked on the shoulder, causing it to burst into flames.

Several bystanders detained the driver as he attempted to flee the scene.

Deputy Constable Chavis was a United States Army Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who served 1 1/2 years with the Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 7, assigned to the Toll Road Division. She is survived by her son, mother, sister, brother, and nephew.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority renamed the Southwest Toll Plaza to the Deputy Constable Jennifer L. Chavis Memorial Building.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender In custody

Impaired Driver

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Jennifer it’s Police Week 2024. Two years later and we are here in Washington DC still honoring you and your dedicated services to others. Our second year honoring you. We love you still and miss you. Your law enforcement family is here honoring you and others in full force. Our hearts still broken. Miss your calls at night letting me know you made it safely home. Still wait up at night waiting on your call sometimes I’m your mother and still think of you often. Miss you so.

Tanya Childress

May 14, 2024

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