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Harris County sheriff’s deputy shot, killed in ambush

HOUSTON — A Houston sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in an ambush Wednesday night, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.


What you need to know

  • The 28-year-old deputy — whose identity has not been released — had been with the sheriff’s office for five years and was a member of the Harris County Violent Persons Task Force
  • The deputy was working a 12-hour patrol shift after the storm when he and others responded to an aggravated assault at a Little Caesers Pizza in northeast Harris County
  • The deputy was ambushed when he called for backup after finding the assault suspect’s car at another location
  • When backup arrived at the scene, they found the undercover car with multiple bullet holes and the deputy inside. They got the deputy out of the car and drove him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead

The 28-year-old deputy — whose identity has not been released — had been with the sheriff’s office for five years and was a member of the Harris County Violent Persons Task Force, a group charged with tracking down the county’s most violent offenders.

The incident happened in northeast Harris County and started at a Little Caesars Pizza where police were called to an aggravated assault just after 10 p.m.

According to Chief Deputy Mike Lee, the suspect was upset about an order and yelled at the employees. He then pistol-whipped a worker before driving off.

Lee said deputies worked 12-hour shifts to help with patrols after the storm and responded to the incident along with investigators.

An employee identified the suspect’s car and detectives connected that car to other crimes in a specific area. The deputy and others went to that location, but they were initially unable to find the car.

The deputy later found the vehicle at another location, and when he called for backup, he was assaulted, Lee said.

When backup arrived at the scene, they found the undercover car with multiple bullet holes and the deputy inside. They got the deputy out of the car and drove him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“None of us are ever prepared for such an early death and our members need your prayers and support,” Sheriff Gonzalez said. “Our thoughts go out to his family as they come to terms with this terrible news.”

Lee said the sheriff’s office believes they know who the deputy killer is and believe he will be arrested soon.

“An active investigation is underway to identify and arrest his killer,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “We won’t rest until we do!”


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