The reward for anyone who can give information on who ambushed three Texas deputies increased to $75,000. Because of the shooting, one of the three deputies died, and one remains in the hospital’s ICU. The other deputy, who got shot in the foot, got out of the hospital already.
Houston Chronicle reported that the attack was considered an ambush by authorities. The three deputies were trying to detain a suspect in a robbery when they got shot from behind. The deputy who died is 30-year-old Kareem Atkins, while the deputy, who got shot many times in the back and remained in the ICU, is 28-year-old Darryl Garrett.
Constable Mark Herman Asks Public For Help
On Wednesday, since there remains no lead on who shot the deputies, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman asked the public for help to identify or find the person or people responsible for the shooting. Herman said the deputies were slaughtered, and the way the shooting happened should never happen anywhere else.
Mayor Sylvester Turner also appealed to the public to help track down the person/s responsible for the death of Atkins and the injuries of Garrett and the other deputy. Houston Chronicle quoted Turner saying, “It’s not just up to law enforcement to solve this crime. Those who have information, OK, — I don’t care how much or how small — but those who have information, you have an obligation and a responsibility to provide that information.”
Aside from Herman and Turner, Chief Troy Finner vowed they would catch the shooter/s. He noted during the conference that they would not stand by and let somebody murder police officers or anybody else.
Crime Stoppers, Businessman Pitch In To Increase Reward
Crime Stoppers of Houston increased their reward to $10,000 in exchange for information regarding the shooting. Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta, the chairman of the Houston Police Foundation, donated $40,000 for the reward. An anonymous donor also gave $25,000, bringing the total amount of $75,000 for the reward.
The only information police have is that the shooter used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. The police also believe the shooter is in his 20s.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Houston Police Department at 713-308-3600.