HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A Texas deputy constable was wounded and transferred to a hospital early Tuesday after being shot responding to a disturbance call, police said.
Deputies Involved in Gun Battle
Deputies with Harris County Constable Precinct 4 responded to a disturbance call at around 2 a.m. in Atascocita and when they arrived at the scene a male suspect began firing on them with a rifle, according to police.
Authorities later said the suspect was firing a shotgun loaded with buckshot.
Consequently, responding deputies returned fire hitting the man at least 22 times investigators said. As a result, he was transported to a local hospital and his condition is unknown, reported Click 2 Houston.
Wounded Texas Deputy Constable
The wounded deputy was identified as Christopher Gaines, who had been assigned to the East District Patrol Division. He worked for the constable’s office for two years, Constable Mark Herman said.
UPDATE ON OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING!!
Constable Mark Herman and his staff are currently at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Our Constable Deputy is in stable condition and is expected to undergo surgery at any time.
Please keep our hero in your thoughts and prayers!! pic.twitter.com/3BXp6lHP6o
— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) April 17, 2018
Gaines was struck multiple times in the legs by gunfire. He was flown to a local hospital in the medical center district. His was conscious and semi-alert before being taken into surgery, but his condition was serious.
“My main goal right now is to get inside and check on my guy that’s been severely struck in the lower extremities,” Herman said at a news conference.
Moreover, there were reportedly several pellets lodged in his bones and doctors were deciding if they would remove them.
“He’s stable and he’s in the best hands he can be in,” Herman said of the Texas deputy constable.
Furthermore, a circumstance developed that is always uncomfortable for family members as Gaines and the suspect were in neighboring rooms.
According to KPRC2, Deputy Gaines has a wife and young child.
At least two other deputies were taken to hospitals, one of them injured in the face. The extent of that deputy’s injuries was not immediately known but appeared to be minor, according to authorities.
Herman said the deputy with the facial injury sustained wounds from debris caused by the shotgun.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting.