Deputy constable shot 6 times, out of surgery


HOUSTON (AP) — A deputy constable was rushed to a hospital after a suspect shot him from behind multiple times in Houston, authorities said.

The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday as the deputy constable was standing next to another deputy constable's vehicle, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith told The Associated Press.

A Houston police spokesman says a male matching the description of the suspect in the shooting of a deputy constable is being questioned by investigators.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith says that shortly after the Wednesday night shooting that wounded the deputy constable, a person matching the suspect's description showed up a nearby fire station. Smith says the person hasn't been arrested or charged but also said authorities aren't currently searching for anyone else in the shooting.

The deputy constable who was shot was in surgery Thursday morning with wounds to the abdomen and a bullet lodged near his heart, said Pamela Greenwood, a spokeswoman for the Harris County precinct seven constable's office.

"So right now, we're not really sure of his condition," she said.

According to Smith, the shooting came after a female reserve deputy constable made a traffic stop and called the male deputy constable to assist. The vehicle that was pulled over was cleared and left and the male deputy constable was standing outside the window of the female's vehicle when he was shot. The female deputy constable got out and shot back, but it was unknown if she hit the suspect, who then fled, Smith said.

The person being questioned at the fire station did not have any injuries, Smith said. Smith also said he did not think the shooting was related to the traffic stop.

"It was completely unprovoked," Greenwood said.

Asked if authorities believed the shooter was targeting law enforcement, Smith noted that both deputy constables were in uniform and had marked vehicles.

"I can't see how someone can mistake them for someone other than law enforcement," Smith said.

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