HOUSTON (AP) — A deputy constable was rushed to a hospital after a suspect approached him from behind and shot him six times outside a convenience store in Houston, authorities said.
The incident happened between midnight and 12:15 a.m. Thursday, according to Pamela Greenwood, a spokeswoman for the Harris County precinct seven constable’s office. The deputy is expected to survive, she said.
Greenwood said the deputy had parked his patrol vehicle at a convenience store in midtown Houston after conducting a traffic stop. He was leaning into the vehicle, talking to a reserve deputy trainee in the passenger’s seat, when an unknown suspect approached from behind and shot him.
“It was completely unprovoked,” Greenwood said, adding that the deputy did not have time to respond.
The deputy, who was not immediately identified, was shot six times, in the side and back, and was taken to a hospital. According to Greenwood, doctors believe his injuries are not life-threatening. No one else was injured.
Houston police are investigating and searching for the suspect. They were expected to hold a news briefing early Friday.