Fort Bend Co. Pct. 4 deputy constable dies after being shot in friendly fire incident

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Sunday, May 31, 2020
Fort Bend deputy constable dead in accidential friendly fire incident
"I'm mourning for our country and I'm mourning for all of our losses," one resident said.

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A Fort Bend County Precinct 4 deputy constable has died after he was shot in a friendly fire incident Friday morning in the Sienna subdivision.

It happened around 1:40 a.m. as three sheriff's deputy units and the deputy constable responded to a call for a property check at a home in the 3900 block of Chestnut Bend.

According to officials, a neighbor called and reported she thought she saw someone running.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said when deputies arrived at the scene, they entered the home through an unsecured back door.

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Pct. 4 Deputy Constable Caleb Rule was a veteran law enforcement officer and a married father of four children.

As they were going through the process of clearing the home, a sheriff's deputy thought there was a suspect inside the house and fired his weapon.

It turned out that the person who was shot was the deputy constable, who has been identified as Caleb Rule.

Rule, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the chest and flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died.

Officials are calling this an accidental shooting.

Rule worked for Precinct 4 for nine months. Prior to that, he was a detective for 14 years with the Missouri City Police Department.

Rule has a wife and children.

The deputy who shot him was placed on administrative leave, which is protocol during officer-involved shooting investigations.

The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation into the incident.

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