The officer, identified as Clint Greenwood, was the assistant chief of Precinct 3 of Harris County in Texas and had worked for 30 years as a law enforcement officer. Authorities have deployed an operation to try to capture the suspect or suspects in the shooting.
A Harris County Precinct 3 officer was killed after being shot in an incident Monday morning outside the courthouse in Baytown, a town 25 miles east of Houston.
The officer, identified as Clint Greenwood, was the assistant to the Chief of Precinct 3 of Harris County and had worked for 30 years as a law enforcement officer.
The incident occurred around 7 am when the officer arrived at his work, but details have not been revealed on the circumstances of the same and it has not been reported whether the officer was the target of the shooting.
“We do not know yet whether this was an attack specifically directed at the agent, whether it was because he wore a uniform or the place where he was arrested in the morning,” Steve Dorris, a Baytown police lieutenant, told the media.
According to a report from the KTRK station, Officer Greenwood, 57, reached for help on radio and said he was ‘bleeding’ after being shot in the neck.
Another officer standing nearby responded to the wounded officer’s call and managed to assist him, applying pressure on the wound. She was then transported by air to Memorial Hermann Hospital, but could not survive.
So far the authorities have not released a description of the suspect or suspects, but it was reported that surveillance videos are being analyzed. Neither was established if there were witnesses of the fact.
Following the incident, Baytown Court and Sterling High School were temporarily closed as a precautionary measure.
The Baytown Police Department is in charge of the investigation of the shooting, with the assistance of agents from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Rangers, Precinct 3 officers, and the Gulf Coast Special Violence Crimes Unit .
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a message of condolences to the family and friends of Officer Greenwood and the Harris County Precinct 3 community.
Statement on the murder of Harris County Deputy Constable earlier this morning. pic.twitter.com/zSEUyV7XNi
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) April 3, 2017
“Texas is taking steps to strengthen punishments for those who dare to target law enforcement and will send a message that these vile acts will not be tolerated in our state,” Abbott said.
“I am confident that the author of this despicable act will be arrested and tried promptly,” he added.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told local media he was asking the entire community to support the authorities. “We will do everything possible to locate whoever is responsible for this,” Gonzalez emphasized.
Arturo Acevedo, commander of the Houston police, sent a message of condolences to the comrades, friends and relatives of the fallen officer. “We are with the men and women of Harris County Precinct 3. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our friends, family and colleagues,” Acevedo said in a tweet.