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Houston deputy killed in ambush recognized as father-of-two Kareem Atkins

The off-duty sheriff’s deputy working a second job who was killed over the weekend was recognized Sunday as Kareem Atkins, a father of two.

“The men and women of Constable Mark Herman’s Office are mourning the loss of Deputy Kareem Atkins, who was ambushed, shot and killed,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman wrote in a tweet. “Please continue to pray for him, the other two injured deputies and our Precinct 4 family. Rest easy brother. We’ll take the watch from here.”

Atkins, 30, leaves behind a spouse, 6-month-old son, and 2-year-old daughter, KHOU 11 reported. A member of the division since 2019, Atkins just lately returned from paternity go away, based on the station.

The killing got here as three Harris County deputies have been working “police-related extra jobs” on the 44 North Bar and Lounge in Houston after they have been “ambushed” at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday exterior a nightclub.

Harris County Pct. 4 deputies provided support to each other at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences after the body of Kareem Atkins was transported to the building from Memorial Hermann Hospital.
Harris County Pct. 4 deputies offered assist to one another on the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences after the physique of Kareem Atkins was transported to the constructing from Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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“We believe they were ambushed, shot from behind,” stated James Jones, government assistant chief of the Houston Police Department. “This is a terrible time.”

Investigators stated Deputy Darrell Garret, 28, is hospitalized within the intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital after being shot within the again. He is out of surgical procedure. He joined Precinct 4 in March 2018.

Deputy Juqaim Barthen, 26, was shot within the foot. He was additionally hospitalized.

One “person of interest” was detained on the scene Jones stated, noting it wasn’t but clear if that individual was a suspect or a witness.

“There are a lot of unknowns at this point,” he stated.

Atkins, 30, leaves behind a wife, 6-month-old son, and 2-year-old daughter.
Kareem Atkins, 30, leaves behind a spouse, 6-month-old son, and 2-year-old daughter.
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The incident is a “tough time for Precinct 4,” Herman told reporters.

“I’ve got a dad there, I’ve got a wife there, and they’ve got a deceased son and husband.”

“We hope to have a suspect in custody soon,” he added. “I hope for swift and quick justice for that individual because he ambushed my deputies.”