Cops: Man Gunned Down Girlfriend Over Abortion

Dallas police say Harold Thompson was angry that Gabriella Gonzalez had procedure in Colorado
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2023 5:30 AM CDT
Cops: Man Gunned Down Girlfriend Over Abortion
Harold Thompson.   (Dallas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A man who didn't want his girlfriend to get an abortion fatally shot her during a confrontation in a Dallas parking lot, police said. He was jailed on a murder charge as of Friday. Gabriella Gonzalez, 26, was with her boyfriend, 22-year-old Harold Thompson, on Wednesday when he tried to put her in a chokehold, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. She'd returned the night before from Colorado, where she'd gone to get an abortion. Texas banned abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy in September 2021, but nearly all abortions have been halted in Texas since Roe v. Wade was overturned last summer, except in cases of medical emergency.

"It is believed that the suspect was the father of the child," the affidavit said, per the AP. "The suspect did not want [Gonzalez] to get an abortion." Surveillance video from the parking lot shows Gonzalez "shrugs him off," police said, and the two continue walking. Thompson then pulls out a gun and shoots Gonzalez in the head. She falls to the ground and Thompson shoots her multiple times before running away, the affidavit said. Gonzalez's sister was at the scene and heard the shooting, police said. Another witness saw Thompson try to choke Gonzalez but couldn't call police because she didn't have her cellphone.

At the time of the shooting, Thompson had been charged with assault of a family member, who accused him of choking her in March. The affidavit from March doesn't specifically name Gonzalez as the person who was assaulted, but it does say the woman told police that Thompson "beat her up multiple times throughout the entirety of their relationship" and that Thompson told police the woman was pregnant with his child at that time. The woman "reiterated that she is scared of the suspect because he had made threats to harm her family and her children," according to the affidavit. Thompson was arrested later Wednesday and is being held in the Dallas County Jail without bond.

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