Search continues for shooter who killed Pct. 4 deputy, injured 2 other deputies

Monday, October 18, 2021
Search continues for shooter who killed Pct. 4 deputy, hurt 2 others
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Over the weekend, police initially said they had a suspect in custody, but after interviewing the individual, they now don't believe he is the shooter.

HOUSTON, Texas -- A search continues for the shooter who ambushed three Harris County Pct. 4 deputies over the weekend and killed one of them.

Last Saturday, police initially said they had a suspect in custody. Then on Sunday, authorities said that after interviewing the individual, they do not believe they are the shooter.

The body of Deputy Kareem Atkins was escorted to Klein Funeral Home on Sunday.

WATCH: Deputy Kareem Atkins' body surrounded by fellow brothers and sisters in blue

Atkins and two other deputies were working as security in the 4400 block of the North Freeway near Crosstimbers at the 45 Norte Bar and Lounge. They came under fire while trying to make an arrest, authorities said.

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Loved ones said the three men had a bond like brothers.

"They did everything together," said Lajah Richardson, the fiancée of 28-year-old Deputy Darryl Garrett.

She said she has not told Garrett that his best friend was killed because she does not want the terrible news to jeopardize his recovery. Garrett was shot in the back multiple times and had undergone surgery on Sunday.

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"We got him back home, and we're going to finish that process," said Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Garrett and 26-year-old Juqaim Barthen, the third deputy who was shot, are recovering.

Meanwhile, authorities are searching for a Hispanic man in his early 20s, who's believed to be the shooter. They said the man was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. He was also described as a heavy-set man with a beard.

Family and loved ones have set up GoFundMe pages for each of the three deputies.

To donate money to help support the family Atkins leaves behind, visit the following GoFundMe page.

"We are looking to raise money so that this family who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect each and every one of us can go to sleep peacefully knowing that they will have financial stability without Kareem," wrote Iliana Vitela, the page's organizer.

Richardson set up the following GoFundMe page to raise money for Garrett's recovery and medical expenses.

Barthen's partner has also set up the following page to help raise money for his medical expenses.