Texas officer killed in ambush injured 2 other members of staff


Authorities in Harris County, Texas, have ordered half-staff to drop flags in honor of a deputy who was shot dead Saturday in a shooting that injured two representatives.

Harris County Constable Province 4 At the request of Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo following the death of Deputy Karim Atkins, Gov. Greg Abbott authorized the setting down of flags. KPRC-TV reported.

“First Lady and I offer condolences to the Atkins family during their tragedy, and we appeal to all Texans to remember and honor Deputy Constable Atkins as a dedicated law enforcement officer,” Abbott wrote in the letter. According to Judge Hidlago, the station.

Atkins recently returned to the force after a paternity leave. He is leaving a wife and a child, Herman said.
(Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Province 4)

Atkins, 30, died of gunshot wounds after attempting to apprehend Constable Mark Herman, who responded to a possible robbery. Shared on Facebook.

At the time of the suspect’s arrest, a second suspect appeared and shot Atkins and 28-year-old Deputy Daryl Garrett with an AR-15 rifle, firing at both deputies, Herman wrote. Deputy Jukaim Barthen, 26, heard the shots and rushed to help but was immediately shot and immobilized.

Barthen heard the sounds of gunfire and rushed to help his classmates but was immediately shot and immobilized, Herman said.

Barthen heard the sounds of gunfire and rushed to help his classmates but was immediately shot and immobilized, Herman said.
(Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Province 4)

Harman noted that Garrett “had a gunshot wound in the back and underwent surgery and was in the ICU at the city’s Hermann Hospital.”

Garrett

Garrett “was shot in the back and underwent surgery and is at the Hermann Hospital downtown at ICU,” Herman said.
(Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Province 4)

“Deputies Atkins, Garrett and Barthen are true law enforcement leaders who cowardly ambush while serving and protecting their community,” Herman said of the incident.

Atkins has served in Province 4 since January 2019, and “recently returned to work after a paternity leave and left a wife and 6-month-old baby,” Herman wrote.

The case is under investigation by the Houston Police Department.

LBL Kyle Morris contributed to this report.

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