Texas deputy wounded in ambush attack needs kidney transplant, remains in ICU


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HOUSTON, TX- According to reports, a Texas deputy who was shot in the back multiple times during an ambush that left one deputy dead and another wounded outside a bar on October 16th, will need a kidney transplant after bullet fragments damaged his organs. 

Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Deputy Darryl Garrett, 28, has already undergone several surgeries so that doctors could remove bullet fragments that damaged some of his organs. His fiancé, Lajah Richardson, said that doctors had to remove both of his kidneys and his gallbladder.

Garrett was responding to a possible robbery in the parking lot outside a bar with fellow Precinct 4 Constable Deputy Kareem Atkins. Garret and Atkins were attempting to arrest a suspect when a second suspect appeared and opened fired with an AR-15 rifle, striking both deputies. 

A third deputy, 26-year-old Juqaim Barthen, heard the shots and rushed to help, but was immediately shot and immobilized. 30-year-old Atkins died of the gunshot wound. He had recently returned to work from paternity leave. He now leaves behind a wife and six-month old child.

Richardson said that she hasn’t yet told Garret that Atkins, one of his best friends, is dead as he remains in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She described the three men as “brothers,” adding:

“They all met when they all joined the force, but you would think that they’ve been friends way before then. All three of them came through for each other. Even if it was for me or for Atkins’ wife or for Barthen’s girlfriend. We were a family.”

Richardson said Atkins had recently purchased a home with his wife. She said the couple was excited to start a new chapter in their lives together. She said:

“I’m just really devastated. I just can’t stop the tears.”

Garrett is still recovering from his injuries. Richardson is hopeful, but said her fiancè’s health is still a concern. She said:

“He’s making it. I don’t want to say he’s doing OK because he’s not doing OK. He just had surgery yesterday again. That was his third surgery.”

Barthem, who was shot in the leg, also remains in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery. Despite the pain she feels, Richardson thanked first responders for their care. She stated:

“They have really been supportive and keeping us at east with everything. I appreciate them and I’m so grateful for what they have been doing … I really do what to say thank you to everyone.”

According to reports, the three deputies were working a police-related extra job when they responded to the disturbance by a bar and lounge in the early morning hours. A suspect the “ambushed” the deputies, shooting them from behind.

Police could not say if the deputies were able to return fire, nor could they say what assistance, if any, was rendered to the deputies at the scene. Police reportedly have a person of interest in custody, however, Assistant Chief James Jones stated he was unsure if it was a suspect or witness. Police detained the individual near the scene.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said this has been one of the “toughest things” he has had to face in his career. He added:

“This is a tough time for district four. My main concern right now is for the families of the officers involved and giving them the care and support they’re going to need.”

Herman stated:

“I believe good triumphs evil and what happened tonight was evil.”

The investigation is ongoing, however, police said they are keeping a Hispanic male in his 20s, but did not specify if the person of interest in custody matches that description. 

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Police officer ambushed and shot after discovering two gunshot victims in gun-controlled Chicago

September 25th, 2021

CHICAGO, IL – A Chicago Police officer was non-fatally shot after being among officers who responded to a shots fired call where two victims were discovered.

Officials say the officer’s condition is stabilized, but one of the discovered gunshot wound victims was later declared deceased.

Police say that on September 24th at approximately 10:50 p.m., Third District officers had responded to a call of gunfire around the 7200 block of South Jeffery Boulevard.

Responding officers found two victims on the ground, identified as a 25-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, when additional gunfire rang out in officers’ direction.

A female CPD officer was struck during the shooting and was able to self-transport to an area hospital for treatment. Officials say that her condition is stabilized. The officer injured during the shooting did not return fire, according to police.

As for the two gunshot wound victims, the 25-year-old male had reportedly been shot multiple times throughout his body. He was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center where he later passed away.

The 15-year-old had also suffered multiple gunshot wounds primarily to his legs. He was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was last listed as being in fair condition.

Area One detectives are investigating the shooting but have not made any arrests, nor have officials come forward with any possible description or motive attributed to the two male victims or police coming under fire.

According to a report from the Chicago Sun Times, the unnamed officer injured during the incident shared the following message after receiving treatment for her wounds:

“I just want to say thank you to everybody that responded, and I’ll be back soon.”

Chicago Police are urging the public to come forward with any information they many have about the incident, which Area One detectives can be reached at 312-747-8380.

Hours before the shooting incident on South Jeffery Boulevard, Chicago Police say that a 37-year-old man was injured in a shooting incident that stemmed from an argument on a CTA bus.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on September 24th, the victim had gotten onto the #82 bus and had a heated exchange of words with another passenger. During this altercation, the suspect produced a firearm and reportedly shot the victim in his hip.

The victim was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital, with officials saying he was at first in serious condition but has since been listed as in good condition. Authorities say that they do not have a suspect in custody regarding the shooting.

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Gun-controlled Chicago: Suspect out on bail for murder caught with gun a second time while out on bond

(Originally published September 21st, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL – A 38-year-old man who was out on bond for a murder charge was arrested this past June for allegedly being in possession of a firearm.

Surprisingly, the suspect was released on bond again for the gun charge – and was arrested again earlier in September for allegedly having another firearm.

On December 26th of 2017, 38-year-old Vincent Davidson was arrested for the murder of 28-year-old Tommie Jones and for the non-fatal shooting of a 26-year-old woman back in October of that year.

According to authorities, the shooting happened at around 10:30 a.m. on October 1st of 2017 within the 2600 block of East 75th Street.

Prosecutors allege that Davidson had walked up to the victims and opened fire, shooting Jones in the head and back multiple times, and shooting the woman in her back, which she survived and later recovered from the shooting.

Two days after being arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery by discharge of a firearm in the case, a judge ordered Davidson to be held without bail.

However, in August of 2020, a judge reduced Davidson’s bail to $300,000 and Davidson was later released after posting a $30,000 deposit bond.

On June 1st of 2021, Davidson and two passengers were pulled over for a traffic infraction, and officers reportedly discovered an open bottle of tequila in the vehicle. According to prosecutors, when an officer inquired whether he had anything in his car, Davison replied there was “something” in the center console.

As it would turn out, according to police, that “something” inside of the center console was a loaded 9-millimeter firearm with a laser sight affixed to it.

The $30,000 bail that Davidson paid to get out of jail on the murder charge was described by Judge Mary Marubio as “incredibly hefty” and that the monetary imposition “didn’t move the needle.” She then ordered Davidson to be detained without bail in both the gun and murder cases.

Then, for reasons that are not quite clear, Davidson was released from jail back in August again.

On September 18th, Davidson was again pulled over for a driving infraction. Officers claimed they spotted an open bottle of alcohol in his vehicle again, as well.

Upon further searching of the vehicle, police again reportedly discovered a pistol in his trunk – this time allegedly hosting an automatic firing switch.

He was charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, according to prosecutors – same as with the June incident.

On September 19th, Judge Susana Ortiz ordered Davidson to be detained without bail for violating the conditions of his release in the murder case, as well as the terms of his bond in the June gun case.

In the current gun case, she set bail at $200,000 and ordered Davidson to be placed on electronic monitoring if he is released again under any circumstances.

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After 50+ shot and 9 killed in Chicago during weekend, mayor suddenly wants more money for cops

(Originally published September 21st, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL – The weekend spanning from the evening of September 17th through the 19th served as another weekend rife with violence in Chicago, as there were a reported over 50 shooting victims with nine people killed.

The news regarding the violent weekend also comes at a time where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled her 2022 budget proposal, where Mayor Lightfoot is looking to spend additional funds on law enforcement in light of the concerning level of shootings in the city.

According to the Chicago Police Department, more than 50 individuals were shot, nine of them fatally, in 45 different shooting incidents between 6:00 p.m. on September 17th through 11:59 p.m. on September 19th.

A pair of double murders on the West and South sides, as well as numerous drive-by shootings, were among the occurrences, according to authorities.

A drive-by shooting in the 1900 block of South St. Louis Avenue shortly after midnight on September 18th resulted in two male victims being killed, aged 29 and 34. According to police, a suspect fired a shot from inside a red car before fleeing the area. Both victims were reportedly shot in the head and were pronounced deceased thereafter.

A 31-year-old male was discovered unresponsive in the 200 block of East 121 Place with a gunshot wound to his torso and buttocks less than an hour later, at 12:50 a.m. He was transported to Christ Hospital, where he was declared deceased a short time later.

Following an altercation with a lady in the 3100 block of West Arlington, a 21-year-old male was fatally shot at approximately 2:39 a.m. on September 18th. During the altercation, an unknown male approached the victim and shot him in the chest, arm, and hip several times.

Two other fatal shootings occurred slightly before 4:00 a.m. that same morning. One involved a 33-yearold man being fatally shot while standing next to his vehicle in the 800 block of North Orleans, where authorities say the assailant was inside of a blue SUV during the shooting.

The second around the same time occurred in the 100 block of West 57th Street, where a 27-year-old male tow truck driver was shot numerous times by an unknown assailant while he was trying to provide service.

At approximately 1:25 p.m. on September 19th, a 28-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were fatally shot while standing outside along the 11800 block of South Emerald Avenue. Police say that two unknown shooters approached the men and opened fire before fleeing – leaving both victims with multiple gunshot wounds, including to the head.

In a shooting in the 8300 block of South Vincennes Avenue, one male was killed, and three women were wounded. At approximately 11:35 p.m. on September 19th, all four were in a car when an unidentified passenger of a red van opened fire, killing the male driver.

The car then collided with a steel beam and came to a full halt under a railway bridge, according to police. Two of the women injured were reported as being in critical condition, whereas the third woman was cited as being in fair condition.

Following the weekend of violence, Mayor Lightfoot announced her $16 billion 2022 budget proposal on September 20th, which aims to increase police spending from $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion.

Addressing city leaders during the announcement of her budget proposal, Mayor Lightfoot stated the following regarding safety in the city of Chicago:

“I know that community safety and thriving communities are at the top of all of our minds wherever you live in Chicago.”

“Too often, when we talk about community violence, we forget the victims. We know of them, but they are more than crime statistics. The lives deeply impacted by the violence that once it comes to their doorstep, it lives on in some form forever.”

Aside from increasing police expenditure, the budget plan includes approximately $400 million for community safety, $45 million for violence intervention programs and community organizations, and $10 million for youth diversion programs and wellness programs for Chicago Police officers.


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