Houston Shooting Leaves One Deputy Dead, Two Others Injured

Deputies were detaining one man when they were shot from behind a vehicle, according to the authorities.,

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One Texas deputy was killed and two others were injured in an early-morning shooting outside a Houston bar, law enforcement officials said at a news conference on Saturday.

Just after 2 a.m., three deputies with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office working an extra shift at the 45 Norte Sports Bar, about five miles north of downtown Houston, were informed by a witness about a possible robbery in the parking lot, according to a post on the Facebook page of Mark Herman, the elected constable for Precinct 4.

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From left, Deputy Kareem Atkins, 30; Deputy Darryl Garrett, 28; Deputy Juqaim Barthen, 26.Credit…Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office

Two of the deputies were detaining one man when a second suspect shot them from behind a vehicle with an AR-15 rifle, according to posts on the constable’s Facebook page. The third deputy rushed to the scene and was shot immediately.

The officer killed in the shooting, Deputy Kareem Atkins, was 30 years old and had recently returned to work after paternity leave. His wife had a child six months ago. He had been employed at the precinct since January 2019.

Another officer who was shot, Deputy Darryl Garrett, 28, was struck in the back. He underwent surgery and was in intensive care as of Saturday afternoon.

Deputy Juqaim Barthen, 26, who arrived at the scene last, was shot in the leg. At the news conference early on Saturday, Mr. Herman said that Mr. Barthen was preparing to have surgery.

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The police investigating the scene where three deputies were shot in Houston on Saturday.Credit…KTRK

One person was in custody, Jim Jones, executive assistant chief of the Houston Police Department, said at the news conference: “We’re not sure if that is a witness or a suspect. There is still a lot of investigation to be done.”

That person was “close to the scene,” Mr. Jones said.

A manhunt was underway on Saturday for the shooter, according to a tweet from the state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton. “I hope these perpetrators are apprehended fast,” he wrote.

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People near the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences mourned the death of the deputy on Saturday.Credit…Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press

Mr. Atkins’s body was transported to the Harris County medical examiner’s office on Saturday, as a line of law enforcement officers gathered to salute him.

Mr. Herman said he met with Mr. Atkins’s father and wife at the hospital on Saturday morning, a visit he described as “probably one of the toughest things I’ve done in my career.”

“What happened tonight was evil,” Mr. Herman said. “And now the good is going to sweep in, and I hope for swift justice.”

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Jim Jones, center, executive assistant chief of the Houston Police Department, spoke to the news media outside Memorial Hermann Hospital on Saturday.Credit…Houston Police Department
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