A Harris County deputy constable has died after being shot near county government offices east of Houston and a search is underway for the gunman, Lt. Steve Dorris said.
The shooting happened at about 7 a.m. in the 700 block of West Baker Road, behind the courthouse building, as Asst. Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood was arriving for work.
Investigators said that Greenwood was getting out of his vehicle when someome shot him once in the neck.
Greenwood, a 30 year law enforcement veteran, was able to radio for help after he was shot.
Officers responded quickly and were able to have Life Flight dispatched to the court house.
Greenwood was flown by Life Flight to Memorial Herman Hospital at the Texas Medical Center, but died from his injuries.
Investigators said they are looking for the person responsible, and they do not have a motive for the shooting, and they don’t know why Greenwood was targeted.
Meanwhile, the courthouse and Sterling High School have been placed in lockdown, which was lifted about 11 a.m.
Police have not released a description of the suspect.
Greenwood began his career with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in May of 1988.
He spent nearly twenty years as a commissioned peace officer with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, over 4 years with the Harris County DA’s Office, and over 3 years as a member of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff.
In January, Constable Sherman Eagleton selected Greenwood to serve as Assistant Chief in the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office.
Greenwood’s murder sent shockwaves through the community, and drew comments and thoughts of condolences from elected officials in Houston, and Austin.
“I am sickened and profoundly saddened by the brutal killing of Deputy Greenwood this morning,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, of course, and to all the men and women who surround us and protect us from similar acts of lawlessness and brutality.”
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said lauded Greenwod for his dedication and service to Harris County and the Houston area
“His bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten and will not go unanswered,” Gnzalez said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also expressed his condolences in an official statment, and vowed to take action through tougher legislation.
“Texas is taking action to strengthen penalties for those brazen enough to commit crimes against law enforcement, and we will send a message that such vile acts will not be tolerated in the Lone Star State,” he said. “I am confident the perpetrator of this despicable act will be apprehended and that the murderer will be met with swift justice.”
The shooting is still under investigation