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Former Harris County sheriff candidate dies at 55

March 21, 2019

Former Harris County sheriff candidate Carl Pittman died Wednesday.

No cause of death was initially reported.

At the time of his death, Pittman was president and CEO at The Poker Club at West Houston at 22233 Katy Freeway in Katy and president and managing broker at Pittman Premier Properties.

Pittman was born, Aug. 5, 1963, in Fulshear. He was a member of the class of 1981 at Lamar Consolidated High School.

Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable Wayne Thompson said on Facebook that he was with Pittman at the time of his death. He was among the first responders who answered the call to aid Pittman.

Thompson posted a picture of the former sheriff’s deputy and said:

“This is a pic of Carl Pittman. Father. Husband. Marine. Retired Deputy Sheriff and former candidate for Harris County Sheriff. That’s the back of my head sitting next to him. This was at a candidate forum in the Katy area.

“Today, I responded to a call more on a whim than anything. I heard a possible medical issue at a nearby area being dispatched and I responded. EMS disregarded LE as it turned out to be a medical call. Something inside told me to continue to the scene. So I did. I don’t really know why. Upon arrival I realized it was Carl. He recognized me and I recognized him, both by name. Carl was in terrible distress and he asked me not to leave him. I contacted his family and followed the ambulance to the ER.

“Although talking upon our arrival to the ER, Carl confided he was in bad shape and he did not want to be alone. I wouldn’t have left him anyway. I’ll spare the other details but he died within 30 minutes. I stood by him during this time. He was not alone. I am thankful that I was there as terrible as it was.”

Pittman was an unabashed conservative.

In his book “The Personal Journey of a Black Common Sense Conservative,” he said:

“Mama could not read, could barely write her name, and struggled for most of her fifty years on this earth, but always told us that being poor didn’t mean you had to be a thief, because you could work, nor be dirty, because soap was cheap,” he said.

He also attacked racism in the book.

“We will only move beyond racism when we ALL stop participating in it.”

Pittman ran for sheriff in 2012 and 2016, failing to get the Republican nomination both times.

When running for sheriff in the GOP primary in 2016, Pittman said:

“We have a serious threat of terrorism the country. Houston, being an international city, we have to be prepared to deal with those threats and address them in every way we can locally.

“We also have to take actions against the crime we see occurring as a result of illegal immigration whether it’s human trafficking, the sex trade industry or other problems that come with parts of that industry including the illegal drug business.”

He had served as a U.S. Marine, patrol officer, traffic investigator, gang and violence detective, sergeant, patrol supervisor, assistant commander in the field, certified jailer and was formerly a criminal investigator at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

No services have yet been announced.

rkent@hcnonline.com