HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Authorities say a man with an AR-15-style rifle detained three constable deputies outside a bar in Houston, killing one and wounding two others.
Harris County Precinct 4, Constable Mark Herman, says deputies were working as a security guard at 45 Norte Sports Bar when two of them responded to a witness report of a suspected robbery outside the business around 2:15 a.m. Saturday.
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The Houston Police Department says one person was detained, but it is not believed to be the shooter.
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The two deputies tried to arrest someone when a man with an AR-15-style rifle shot them from behind. Herman’s office says the third deputy was shot when he came to help.
In a Twitter post, Houston police said their “hearts go out to the families of deputies and men and women in Harris County Percent 4.”
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Deputy Kareem Atkins, 30, died of her injuries.
Deputy Atkins was employed at Precinct 4 since January 2019 and only recently returned to work after paternity leave. He leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old baby.
Deputy Darryl Garrett, 28, was shot in the back and underwent surgery and is currently at the ICU at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
When he heard the gunfire in the parking lot, Deputy Juqaim Barthen, 26, hurried to the parking lot to help his other deputies. He was immediately shot and immobilized, officials said.
“Deputies Atkins, Garrett, and Barthen are true law enforcement heroes who were swept into ambush while serving and protecting their communities,” said Constable Herman.
This history will be updated when new information is released.
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