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Texas Deputy Shot By Suspect With Rifle

Harris County, TX – A Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable was shot in the lower abdomen during an ambush attack early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at the Cranbrook Apartments in the 13000-block of Ella Boulevard at approximately 12:03 a.m. on July 7, KTRK reported.

It was the second time deputies had responded to that location for a disturbance in the matter of hours, the Houston Chronicle reported.

When they arrived at the apartment complex on the second occasion, two deputies made contact with a male inside the apartment, Harris County Sherriff’s Office (HCSO) Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland told the paper.

At some point during their conversation, the male ended up going on the fight with them, then pulled out a rifle and shot one of the deputies, according to KTRK.

The deputies both returned fire as the suspect retreated back into his apartment and barricaded himself inside, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“I have a gunshot wound to the abdomen,” the deputy said over the radio, according to the Houston Chronicle. “Y’all need to get…[an] ambulance here.”

The wounded deputy was rushed to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, where he underwent surgery.

Meanwhile, a SWAT team surrounded the apartment complex as negotiators tried to communicate with the gunman to have him peacefully surrender, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The team ultimately broke down the door of the residence and deployed a robot with a camera, police said.

They soon discovered the gunman dead inside the apartment, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Investigators said they believe he was shot by one of the deputies when they returned fire, Deputy Gilliland said.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman identified the wounded deputy as “Deputy Hendrix” during a series of tweets early Tuesday morning.

KTRK identified him as Deputy Chris Hendrix, who has been working for the department for approximately five months.

“CONSTABLE SURGERY FROM GUNSHOT WENT WELL !” Constable Herman tweeted later in the morning. “Deputy Hendrix is out of surgery and doctor says it was a success ! He is currently admitted to the hospital in stable condition where he will recover. God is Great !”

The HCSO is handling the ongoing investigation into the ambush attack, KHOU reported.

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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