Harris County deputy killed in ambush, search underway for shooter after suspect gets upset over wrong pizza order

Harris County deputy killed in ambush, search underway for shooter after suspect gets upset over wrong pizza order

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Officials said they are currently searching for the man who shot and killed a 28-year-old deputy sheriff near Houston, Texas.

According to Chief Deputy Mike Lee of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call about an aggravated assault at a Little Caesars Pizza in northeast Harris County around 10:10 p.m. Wednesday.

A suspect wanted to pick up a pizza but was upset because the order was wrong.

At that point, he verbally attacked the clerk, pulled out a gun and hit him with the pistol before fleeing, Lee said, according to police.

The employee described the suspect’s vehicle to the detectives, including the license plate.

Police were able to trace the license plate after officers entered the number into the county’s flock camera system.

Officials said the investigator, one of many detectives working overtime to keep everyone safe after Hurricane Beryl, responded and notified his team members by phone that he had spotted something he believed to be the vehicle.

“It appears that during this phone call our deputy was ambushed,” Lee said. “The other detectives in the area went to his location and at that time observed his undercover vehicle with multiple firearms inside.”

The deputy was shot multiple times, Lee said.

Lee added that due to the severity of his injuries, the officer was not made to wait for emergency services but was placed in a patrol vehicle and taken to the hospital, where he died.

Authorities said they had a rough idea of ​​who the suspect was, but have not yet released a name.

“We have no doubt that the suspect will be in custody in a very short time,” Lee said.

At last check, our sister station KTRK reported that SWAT teams were stationed at two locations.

Authorities have not released the deputy’s name but said he is a member of the sheriff’s office’s Violent Persons Task Force. He has been a member of the agency for five years.

The task force is a group that hunts down child molesters, murder suspects and “some of the worst criminals out there,” Lee told KTRK.

“He was good at his job and very well respected,” Lee said of the deputy.

“Our thoughts are with his family as they deal with this terrible news. An investigation is underway to identify and arrest his killer. We will not rest until we do so!” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a post on X.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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