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Police Arrest Deputy Constable’s Killer With Murdered Hero’s Handcuffs

By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin

Houston, TX – The man who killed Harris County Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins and wounded two other deputy constables in October was taken into custody on Sunday with the fallen hero’s handcuffs.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner released pictures on Wednesday of the arrest of 19-year-old Eddie Alberto Miller that showed the alleged cop killer locked into a pair of Deputy Constable Atkins handcuffs, KPRC reported.

The magistrate ordered Miller held without bond on a capital murder charge.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman called Miller’s ambush of the deputy constables an attack on law enforcement, the Washington Examiner reported.

“I was briefed on it, and I can tell you with 100 percent certainty it was an ambush,” Constable Herman said. “These individuals were shot from the back in the course of trying to make an arrest, and so, you know, there’s no doubt it was an ambush and an attack on law enforcement.”

The fatal shooting occurred outside the 45 Norte Sport Bar at approximately 2:15 a.m. as Deputy Constable Atkins, 30, and two fellow deputies were working their second job, KHOU reported at the time.

Deputy Constable Atkins and Deputy Constable Darryl Garret, 28, were alerted about a disturbance in the bar’s parking lot and 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.

The two deputy constables “were just totally ambushed,” HPD Executive Assistant Chief James Jones later told CNN.

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 a local hospital, where Deputy Constable Atkins was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

The married father-of-two served the HCCO for over two years and had recently returned to work from paternity leave.

Deputy Constable Garrett’s fiancé, Lajah Richardson, said Deputy Constable Barthen suffered a gunshot wound to the foot, KHOU reported.

Deputy Constable Garrett, a three-year Harris County Constable’s Office (HCCO) veteran, was shot in the back, Richardson told the news outlet.

He underwent multiple surgeries in the wake of the shooting to remove bullet fragments that damaged his organs, she said.

Surgeons also had to remove both of his kidneys and his gall bladder.

He remains hospitalized nearly two months later, KTRK reported.

Deputy Constable Garrett “continues to fight the good fight” in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, according to Constable Hermann, KPRC reported.

“I’m a praying man. I went down on my knees to pray every night,” Constable Hermann said. “Because these lives, they will never be the same.”

Richardson said the three deputy constables had a bond like brothers, KTRK reported.

“They did everything together,” she said.

Miller is charged with capital murder in the death of Deputy Constable Atkins and two counts of attempted capital murder for shooting and wounding Deputy Constables Garrett and Barthen, KPRC reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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