New info in deputy constable shooting

January 28, 2008 2:04:28 PM PST
Harris County authorities are releasing more details about the shooting of a precinct 6 deputy constable. The officer remains in critical condition after getting into a shootout with a suspect over the weekend.Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino says doctors are trying to stabilize Cpl. Harry Thielepape's vital signs before going on with more surgeries.

Thielepape has already had three surgeries this weekend and he is in need of additional surgeries. Cpl. Thielepape was shot over the weekend after he arrested a suspect at an apartment complex.

The deputy constable was working an off-duty job. Authorities say he had done everything right, from searching the suspect and removing the man's weapon, to handcuffing him. But the suspect, Jesus Reyna, didn't want to stay in the back of the squad car.

"We believe that because he was real limber and real slim that he was very easy for him to put his arms under his legs and come out to the front," said Constable Trevino. "We also believe that this is the time our deputy saw some motion in the back of the patrol car and decided to investigate that. When he opened the door, the deputy had two guns, one in his holster and one inside his waist. We believe the suspect went for the gun in his waist and that's when the struggle occurred and shots were fired."

The corporal was shot twice during the shootout. Trevino called Thielepape a fighter. He says he's not sure how many police officers would be able to shoot and kill a suspect in this case after being wounded as severely as the corporal was in this case.

We are told Thielepape's family is with him and they are asking for everyone's prayers.

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