Uber Driver Charged With Shooting Beloved Baptist Pastor In Apparent Road Rage Incident

By Pamela Glass | Friday, 05 August 2022 05:15
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Police in Houston, Texas, have charged a 23-year-old Uber driver with murder in the death of the Reverend Ronald K. Mouton, who was murdered in a road rage shooting.

The Uber driver, identified as Deshawn Longmire, was charged with murder on Friday and is being held in Harris County Jail on a $500,000 bond due to the Harris County District Clerk’s Office.

Mouton, who served as the pastor of East Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, was shot and murdered on the Gulf Freeway at Gould Road on June 24.

Longmire, driving for Uber in his black Honda sedan, was noticed by a witness at a stoplight on the Gulf Freeway disputing with the 58-year-old pastor in his white BMW. When both began moving, Longmire “stretched his arm out of the driver window with a pistol in his hand” and allegedly shot Mouton and took off, according to to witness accounts, Click 2 Houston reported.

A surveillance video from Pusch and Nguyen Injury Lawyers revealed Mouton’s vehicle crashing at a curb.

“According to witnesses, it is believed the victim was involved in a road rage incident with an unknown suspect driving a black sedan. At this time, there is no known suspect description,” the HPD release announced.

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A $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect is being offered. Anyone who can help is being asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or speak anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

The pastor’s family released a statement after the suspect's arrest. “The horrific loss of our beloved, Rev. Dr. Ronald Mouton Sr., is painful beyond words,” the family announced, according to Click 2 Houston.

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“We are still grief-stricken over this senseless tragedy. We want the man who took his life to understand the seriousness of his crime. He took the life of a husband, a father. Our confidence and hope is in the proficient work of the police. We also hope the work of the entire criminal justice system is done thoroughly and that justice is duly served. We understand the public interest in this case, but we are not ready to speak publicly.”

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On the Sunday following the incident, present and former church members set up a memorial at the site where the pastor died. He left behind his wife, four children, and 10 grandchildren.

“He was such a wonderful man,” Sonja Gilmore-King explained to ABC 13 at the time. “He was a man of God. He loved family, his church, and this community. I had to come over to see if it was true. I couldn’t believe a man of God who loves so hard was taken away from us. We can’t believe it because this man would give you anything, the shirt off his back, and for this to happen to him, none of us could believe it.”

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Wendell Hutchins II, the founding pastor of the Church of Champions in Houston, called Mouton “a brilliant man who demonstrated his love for his people daily.”

“I mourn the loss of a great man that was such a fixture of faithfulness in our Houston communities. Our prayers are lifting the Mouton family in their hour of grief,” he wrote on Facebook at the time. “We’re also praying for the entire East Bethel Missionary Baptist Church family as they mourn the sudden loss of their pastor.”

Bishop James Dixon, a close friend of Mouton’s, explained to ABC 13, “He was not just a great man inside the church, but outside the church walls. He was a family man, a loving husband and father, and just a great human being, raised by a great father and mother.”

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