Atascocita, TX – An off-duty Harris County deputy constable was murdered off-duty on Sunday night while he was out picking up dinner for his family.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 on Madera Run Parkway near Lake Houston, KHOU reported.
Harris County Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton said a 37-year-old deputy constable was off-duty and was out picking up dinner for his family when he was fatally shot while driving near West Lake Middle School.
The deputy constable’s vehicle struck a tree in the median after he was shot, KPRC reported.
Authorities said the gunman fled north on Olympic National Drive in a dark-colored, four-door sedan.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the wounded deputy constable was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead, KHOU reported.
Constable Eagleton has identified the fallen hero as Harris County Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Omar Ursin.
With heavy hearts, Constable Mark Herman's Office sends our condolences to the Harris County Precinct 3 Constables Office and the family of Deputy Constable Omar Ursin who was shot & killed in the Atascocita area late Sunday as he drove home after picking up food for his family. pic.twitter.com/Uxa8wc7WWn
— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) August 29, 2022
Authorities have said they do not know the motive for the deadly attack on the off-duty law enforcement officer, KHOU reported.
“The reason for the shooting is unknown. We don’t know if it’s road rage. We don’t know if it has to do with him being law enforcement,” Harris County Sheriff’s Sergeant Dennis Wolford told reporters at the scene. “We are still trying to determine that, but we are asking for the public’s help.”
Sheriff Gonzalez asked neighbors with security cameras in the area to review their footage to see if they had captured anything useful, KHOU reported.
Anyone with information about the murder of the deputy constable has been asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 713-221-6000.
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