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Texas Police Arrest Suspect In Ambush Murder Of Deputy Constable Atkins

Houston, TX – The alleged gunman accused of murdering Harris County Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins and wounding two other deputies during an ambush in October was arrested Sunday afternoon.

Eddie Miller, 19, has been charged with capital murder, attempted capital murder of a police officer, and aggravated assault, KTRK reported.

According to court documents, he has no criminal history, KPRC reported.

The Houston Police Department (HPD) announced Miller’s arrest in a tweet Dec. 12.

“We want to thank the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office for their collaboration, and the outstanding work of our HPD homicide detectives,” the department said.

Investigators initially said they had a suspect in custody the day of the attack, which occurred on Oct. 16, KTRK reported.

They ultimately determined the suspect was not the gunman and released him the following day.

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 Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark 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.

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

“They did everything together,” she said.

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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