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Texas Deputy Shot While Escorting Inmate To Hospital Bathroom

Houston, TX – A Harris County deputy was shot in the hand while fighting off an inmate who tried to steal his duty pistol as he was escorting him to a hospital bathroom on Wednesday.

The incident occurred at the Ben Taub Hospital near the trauma center, KTRK reported.

The inmate was at the facility for an appointment and was being escorted to the bathroom by the deputy when the brawl broke out at about 4:30 p.m., according to FOX News.

That’s when the inmate suddenly went for the deputy’s gun, according to police.

As they struggled over the weapon, the gun went off, shooting the deputy in his left hand, KTRK reported.

He and four hospital staff members were able to subdue the inmate, ending the violent confrontation.

“It could very well have escalated,” a Houston Police Department (HPD) spokesperson told reporters outside the hospital Wednesday, according to FOX News. “That’s why I want to commend the hospital staff for assisting in getting this inmate in custody.”

The deputy, a 36-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), suffered a through-and-through gunshot wound, the spokeswoman confirmed.

No one else was injured during the incident, FX News reported.

The inmate’s identity has not been released.

Although no charges had been filed in connection with the incident as of Wednesday evening, the investigation remains ongoing, KTRK reported.

The inmate was already in custody at the time of the attack due to felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance charges, according to KPRC.

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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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