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US Kareem Atkins: Houston deputy killed in shooting had just returned from paternity leave, constable says

09:50  17 october  2021
09:50  17 october  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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A Texas deputy who was fatally shot outside a Houston bar had just returned from paternity leave , an official said .

One Texas deputy was killed and two others were injured in an early-morning shooting outside a Houston bar, law enforcement officials said at a news conference on Saturday.https Update: Deputy Kareem Atkins , 30, was killed early Saturday during an 'ambush' shooting in Houston , local authorities said . The officer had recently returned to work after paternity leave .https

A Texas deputy who was fatally shot outside a Houston bar had just returned from paternity leave, an official said.

Deputy Kareen Atkins, one of three Harris County Deputies shot in line of duty on Oct. 16. © Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Kareen Atkins, one of three Harris County Deputies shot in line of duty on Oct. 16.

Deputy Kareem Atkins, 30, leaves behind a wife and an infant who's a few months old, said Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4.

A gunman "came out of nowhere" and fired on Atkins and two other deputies while they were trying to detain someone early Saturday. The two deputies -- Darryl Garrett, 28, and Juqaim Barthen, 26, -- were injured, Herman said.

Garrett was in ICU after he was shot in the back and underwent surgery, Herman said in a Facebook post. Barthen rushed to the parking lot to help the other two deputies, and was "immediately shot and immobilized," he added, without going into further detail.

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Deputy constable Kareem Atkins was shot and killed whereas working an additional safety job in RELATED: Precinct 4 deputy killed in taking pictures had not too long ago returned from paternity depart; all three deputy 4 deputy constables shot . Just hours after information broke that three Pct.

Deputy Kareem Atkins , 30, lost his life. He leaves behind a wife and a 2-month-old baby. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable is dead and two others are injured after they were shot while working an extra security job in north Houston , according to police. Precinct 4 has identified the deceased officer as Deputy Kareem Atkins , 30. He had been with the department since January 2019. Atkins recently returned from paternity leave . He leaves behind a wife and 2-month-old baby.

"Deputies Atkins, Garrett, and Barthen are true law enforcement heroes that were cowardly ambushed while serving and protecting their community," Herman said.

The shooting happened around 2:15 a.m., after at least two of the Precinct 4 constable deputies -- working an extra job at 45 Norte Sports Bar -- went outside to address a disturbance, authorities said.

"It turns out it may have been a robbery they were intervening in ... probably unknown to them at the time," Houston police Executive Assistant Chief James Jones said.

While the two deputies were trying to detain a suspect they had on the ground, another person "came from around a car with a rifle and basically shot them right there." The shooter "came out of nowhere," Herman said.

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Atkins had recently returned back to work since becoming a father and leaves behind a wife and 2-month-old baby, officials said . Upon hearing the gunshots, deputy Juqaim Barthen, 26, who was employed at the precinct since September 2019, rushed to help and was also shot . © Houston Police Department Mark Herman, Harris County Constable for Precinct 4 speaks during a press conference on the shooting death of a police officer at the 45 North Bar and Lounge, Oct. 15, 2021. The suspected shooter was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s.

A constable deputy was killed and two others were injured in a shooting early Saturday while they were working an extra job at a bar in Houston , according to police. One of the injured deputies was shot in the back, and the other was shot in the foot. The incident took place around 2:15 a.m. The deputies had gone outside to address a "disturbance" — what may have been a robbery. They were trying to arrest or detain a suspect when they were "ambushed," Jones said at an early morning media briefing.

The third deputy "hears gunshots ... runs out there, and when he does, he doesn't even draw a gun -- he's shot," Herman said.

Earlier, Jones, the Houston police official, said all three deputies had been shot from behind.

Investigators are still searching for the shooter, and believe he's a man in his early 20s. "We hope to have a suspect in custody soon," Herman said.

Deputy Darryl Garrett, Deputy Juqaim Barthen and Deputy Kareem Atkins. © Provided by CNN Deputy Darryl Garrett, Deputy Juqaim Barthen and Deputy Kareem Atkins.

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