A constable was killed and two others were injured in a shootout outside a bar in Houston early Saturday.
Acting Assistant Chief of Houston Police James Jones told reporters that policemen were trying to arrest someone when they were shot from behind with a rifle. Officers were still searching for a man believed to be the shooter.
Jones said the Harris County constable was doing “extra police-related jobs” at 45 Norte Sports Bar at around 2:15 a.m. when they went to assess the disturbances outside.
He said they must have interrupted a robbery and that when they tried to take a suspect into custody and wrestled with him, “they were ambushed.”
One was in the back, the other in the leg, and the third was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4.
Jones said it was unclear whether constables were able to return and the investigation was ongoing. An interested person was taken into custody on the spot.
“It’s a terrible time,” Jones said. “We really need your help and the support of the community – constables because they are suffering and like we have gone through this before, it never gets easier.”
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner was in Washington DC when the shooting occurred, attending events honoring fallen officers around the country, including seven from the Houston Police Department.
“We expect a suspect to be taken into custody soon and look forward to speedy and speedy justice for that person,” Harman said.
“I believe… good always outweighs evil, and what happened tonight was bad.”
Contribution: Associated Press