Urgent Manhunt in Harris County After Deputy Fatally Shot Following Surveillance on Suspected Aggravator

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Law enforcement officials in northeast Harris County are intensively searching for a suspect linked to the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old deputy. The incident occurred late Wednesday night, triggering a massive manhunt.

The series of events leading to the deputy’s death began with a confrontation at a Little Caesars Pizza outlet on Wallisville Road around 10:10 p.m., as detailed by Harris County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lee. A man, disgruntled over an incorrect order, verbally assaulted the clerk, then escalated to physical violence by pistol-whipping the employee before fleeing the scene.

Investigators were quickly on the trail, using the suspect’s vehicle description and license plate number provided by the pizza shop employee. The plate was verified through the county’s Flock camera system, leading deputies to the 13200 block of Italian Cypress Trail, a location near Tidwell Road and Highway 90.

An investigator, who was among several detectives working overtime in response to Hurricane Beryl to ensure public safety, believed he had located the suspect’s vehicle. Chief Deputy Lee explained, “During a phone call with his team, indicating his find, the deputy was suddenly ambushed.” Responding detectives found his undercover vehicle peppered with bullet holes.

Despite quick actions to rush the severely injured deputy to the hospital in a patrol vehicle, he succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.

The identity of the suspect has not been disclosed pending further investigation, but officials are confident about making an arrest soon. “We have no doubt that the suspect will be in custody in no time,” Lee stated, signaling a strong lead.

As this tragic event unfolded, SWAT teams were deployed at two strategic locations, underlining the seriousness of the search and the risk posed by the suspect.

The slain deputy was a member of the Violent Persons Task Force, a unit that pursues high-risk offenders including child predators and homicide suspects. According to Lee, the deputy was “good at his job, very well thought of,” exemplifying the qualities of dedication and bravery inherent in law enforcement.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez expressed his deep sorrow over the incident, emphasizing the ongoing commitment of the sheriff’s office to bring the perpetrator to justice. “Our thoughts are with his family as they come to terms with this horrible news. An active investigation is underway to identify and apprehend his killer. We will not rest until we do,” Gonzalez declared.

Authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward and assist in the investigation by contacting the Harris County Sheriff’s Office or Houston Crime Stoppers.

This incident underscores the perils law enforcement officers routinely face and highlights the community’s reliance on their bravery and service to maintain safety and order. As the search continues, the community remains hopeful for a swift resolution and justice for the fallen deputy.