1 deputy killed, 2 injured in Houston bar ambush

HOUSTON (AP) – Three police officers were ambushed early Saturday morning while working an additional crew at a Houston bar, killing one and injuring two others, Texas authorities said.

Authorities took one person into custody but were still looking for a man to be the shooter, Houston Deputy Police Chief James Jones told reporters.

Harris County Police Officer’s assistants were working at 45 North Bar and Lounge when they responded to a disturbance outside the business around 2:15 a.m., Jones said.

They were trying to stop someone when another person with a rifle ambushed them and opened fire on MPs from behind, Jones said, according to preliminary information from the scene.

One deputy was shot in the back and another in the foot, said Mark Herman, Harris County Police Station, Station 4. The third deputy was pronounced dead in hospital.

It was not clear whether MPs fought back, Jones said. He said Houston Police are still investigating, but authorities believe the disruption could have been a theft that police officers arrested.

A person of interest was arrested at the scene, but authorities were unsure whether the person was a suspect or a witness.

Constables are licensed peace officers who perform various law enforcement functions, according to the Texas County Association.

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