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Gunman Shoots Up Texas Constable’s Office In Broad-Daylight Attack

Spring, TX – A gunman opened fire on the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Holzwarth station in a broad-daylight attack Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred at the station located at 20122 Holzwarth Road at 12:38 p.m. on Nov. 8, Harris County Constable Mark Herman said in a press release.

Constable Herman also released surveillance footage of the attack.

The video showed a white, four-door sedan driving through the station parking lot.

The vehicle slowed to a near stop in front of the lobby entrance just before the shooter fired multiple rounds into the building, shattering both glass doors.

Bullets also riddled other windows and the building itself, according to Constable Herman.

The suspect vehicle then fled the scene.

No injuries were reported.

Constable Herman described the shooter as a black male.

“If anyone recognizes the suspect or vehicle, you are urged to contact the Precinct 4 Constable’s office at 281-376-3472 or local law enforcement,” he said in the press release.

Constable Herman added a $5,000 reward on Tuesday morning for any information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

The attack on the precinct station came les than a month after three Harris County Constable’s Office (HCCO) deputy constables were shot in an ambush attack while working a secondary employment security job at 45 Norte Sport Bar in the 4000-block of North Freeway, KHOU reported.

The deputy constables had gone outside after being alerted about a disturbance out in the parking lot at about 2:15 a.m. on Oct. 16.

Investigators later said the incident may have been a robbery.

Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins, 30, and Deputy Constable Darryl Garrett, 28, were in the process of arresting a suspect when a gunman armed with an AR-15 opened fire on them from behind a vehicle, according to KHOU.

Deputy Constable Juqaim Barthen, 26, heard the gunshots and ran to help his fellow deputies, but he was shot before he could even draw his gun, according to Constable Herman.

The three wounded deputy constables were rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment.

Deputy Constable Garrett, who was shot in the back, underwent surgery and is continuing to recover, KTRK reported.

He has been with the HCCO for three years.

His fiancé, Lajah Richardson told reporters doctors were focused on removing the bullet fragments that damaged his organs, and that they had to remove both of his kidneys and his gall bladder in the process, KHOU reported.

Deputy Constable Garrett will need a kidney transplant in the future in order to survive.

Deputy Constable Barthen suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and has since been released from the hospital.

Deputy Constable Atkins, a married father of two, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, KHOU reported.

He joined the HCCO in January of 2019 and recently returned to work from paternity leave.

Police are still searching for the gunman.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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