Three officers shot, one killed in ambush shooting outside bar. Murdered deputy was a new dad.

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HOUSTON, TX – A deputy with Harris County Constable Precinct 4 was killed and two other deputies were injured in what authorities described as an ambush-style shooting when the deputies were responding to a reported disturbance outside of a bar.

One person of interest was taken into custody regarding the shooting, but authorities do not believe the individual is the shooter.

The incident occurred along the 4400 block of North Freeway at around 2:15 a.m. on October 16th, according to officials.

Three deputies, identified as 30-year-old Kareem Atkins, 28-year-old Darrell Garret, and 26-year-old Juquaim Barthen were all working an extra shift at the 45 Norte Sports Bar and Lounge when two of the deputies heard a commotion going on outside of the bar.

Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief James Jones said that the deputies suspected that there may have been a robbery going on outside of the bar and went to investigate. When the three deputies went to check out the commotion, an unidentified individual shot the deputies with a rifle from behind.

Officials say that all three deputies were rushed to Memorial Hermann hospital at Texas Medical Center, where Deputy Atkins later passed from his sustained injuries. The fallen deputy, who had joined Precinct 4 back in January of 2019, leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old child.

Deputy Garnett was shot in his back and has since undergone surgery but remains in the ICU. As for Deputy Barthen, he was reportedly shot in the leg by the suspect.

The search for the shooting suspect is still ongoing, according to reports, with only one person of interest having been taken into custody that investigators claim is not the shooter.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman noted that he’d met with the families of the slain deputy as well as those injured during the shooting, calling it one of the most difficult things he’s ever done in his career in law enforcement:

“This is probably one of the most difficult things in my 36 years that I’ve had to go through in law enforcement… This is a tough time for Precinct 4. I’m asking for all of our community’s thoughts and prayers for our families.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took to Twitter following the shooting, calling the incident “an evil act” and expressing hope that those involved are arrested quickly: 

“Praying this morning for the family of the fallen Harris County Deputy & for the other 2 still in the hospital. This was an evil act that took this deputies life. A manhunt is currently underway. I hope these perpetrators are apprehended fast.”

The investigation is still ongoing. 

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Earlier in October, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on another suspected ambush-styled shooting that occurred in Alabama mere days before this latest incident in Texas. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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Suspect captured after Georgia deputy ambushed, shot in the head while driving to work

(Originally published October 15th, 2021)

PHENIX CITY, AL – A Muscogee County Sheriff’s deputy was reportedly ambushed in a shooting earlier in October, with authorities saying that despite being struck in the head during the incident, the deputy is expected to survive.

Authorities say that they currently have a 31-year-old suspect in custody.

On October 14th at approximately 6:10 a.m., a Muscogee County Sheriff’s deputy was in his patrol vehicle while heading to work when a suspect in a vehicle reportedly “fired several shots” into the deputy’s vehicle, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Phenix City Police were called to the area of the incident, reportedly off of Sandford Road near the Post Ridge Apartments, where officers found the deputy inside of his vehicle that had crashed into a guardrail.

The unnamed deputy reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was rushed over to Piedmont Columbus Regional for treatment.

While the scene was being investigated, Phenix Police located a second vehicle that had been involved in a crash within the 1200 block of Sandford Road, with the driver having allegedly fled the area on foot.

At approximately 9:00 a.m. on October 14th, 31-year-old Jasmine Richardson had turned himself in to authorities and is currently being held in the Russell County Jail.

In the sheriff office’s press release regarding the incident, the unidentified deputy “is currently undergoing surgery, however, his injuries are not considered life-threatening at this time.”

Officials have not yet shared any details on a possible motive regarding the shooting. It’s unclear what exact charges the suspect is facing as of this writing.

This is an ongoing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Suspect arrested for allegedly trying to stab Ohio officer through cruiser window

(Originally published October 13th, 2021)

FOSTORIA, OH – A 26-year-old male suspect was arrested earlier in October after authorities say she tried to stab a Fostoria Police officer with a steel rod through the officer’s vehicle window. The officer in question sustained some cuts from the broken glass on her cruiser window.

On October 11th, Fostoria Police Officer Jennifer Muro responded to an apartment complex on the 1200 block of Peeler Drive after reports came in regarding a possibly intoxicated male who was acting violently.

When the officer arrived on the scene, authorities say that 26-year-old Sophine Williams approached the officer’s cruiser and stabbed through the driver’s side window with a 12-inch long steel rod.

EMS reportedly arrived on the scene and tried to help Williams, but authorities say he remained combative. Despite attempts to flee the area, authorities say that police were able to apprehend the suspect.

Sophine Williams - Fostoria Police Division
Sophine Williams – Fostoria Police Division

The suspect was eventually transported to the emergency room at Fostoria Community Hospital and was later arrested under charges of burglary, felonious assault, and vandalism.

Officer Muro also received treatment at an area hospital for cuts to her face from the broken glass, as well as shattered glass entering her eyes.

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Louisiana trooper ambushed and murdered – and his body went undiscovered for 12 hours

(Originally published October 10th, 2021)

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA – According to reports, Louisiana State Police are leading an investigation regarding a 31-year-old suspect who allegedly went on a shooting spree across several parishes in the state.

Officials say that among the suspect’s victims was a state trooper, whose body went undiscovered for approximately 12 hours.

Master Trooper Adam Gaubert, a 19-year veteran of the force, was identified as the deceased trooper by officials.

On October 9th, Col. Lamar Davis, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, stated that Master Trooper Gaubert was discovered inside his patrol car in Prairieville, approximately 18 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, hours after being attacked.

In a Facebook post from the Louisiana State Police, the suspect alleged to have killed Master Trooper Gaubert was identified as 31-year-old Matthew Mire:

“The preliminary investigation revealed that Master Trooper Adam Gaubert was ambushed by Mire as he sat in his fully marked patrol unit.  The ambush of Trooper Gaubert occurred in close proximity to the Dutton Road shooting that took place in the overnight hours of October 9, 2021.

Mire is a person of interest in multiple shooting incidents in several parishes.  Following the shootings, Mire was involved in a pursuit where he fired a weapon at a separate pursuing State Trooper. The Trooper exchanged gunfire with Mire during the incident and was not injured.

As the search for Mire progressed, Louisiana State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, US Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, LA Department of Corrections, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office worked together in the search area near Hoo Shoo Too Road at the Tiger Bend Bridge. 

After being located and taken into custody without incident, Mire was transported to a local hospital for injuries he sustained from a K-9 bite and suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg.”

Another individual allegedly killed by Mire during the shooting spree was the suspect’s own sister. Reportedly three other people were injured, one critically, during Mire’s purported shooting spree across various parishes.

Authorities have yet to reveal a possible motive for the shootings.

Mire is now facing charges of first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, and aggravated flight from an officer.

Master Trooper Gaubert was cited as having joined the Louisiana State Police back in 2002, having performed patrol duties with Troop A in Baton Rouge and also serving as a detective within the criminal investigations division.

The fallen trooper was also a Army veteran, which the Louisiana State Police’s Facebook post read that he “truly embodied the LSP Core Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Together as a family, we will mourn his loss and honor his legacy of service to our department and the citizens of Louisiana.”

Arrangements for the fallen trooper have not yet been finalized but will be announced on the agency’s Facebook page once they are. Those interested in making any monetary donations to the family of Master Trooper Gaubert can do so through the Louisiana State Troopers Association – Louisiana Troopers Charities.

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