HOUSTON, Texas – Authorities in Texas say a 17-year-old kid has been arrested on a capital murder warrant in connection with the deadly shooting of an off-duty deputy sheriff on Houston’s northern suburbs.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the youngster was detained on Friday for the shooting death of Deputy Darren Almendarez.
According to KTRK-TV, the 17-year-old did not respond to questions as he was being escorted to the Harris County jail.
According to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Almendarez was shopping for groceries with his wife on Thursday night for a barbecue the next day for his sister’s birthday celebration when he interrupted three persons who were reportedly attempting to take the catalytic converter from his vehicle.
Almandarez requested that his wife leave the area. As he approached the truck, the three people started firing at him, and he returned fire, according to Gonzalez.
Almandarez was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Joshua Stewart, 23, and Fredarius Clark, 19, were the other two suspects who were injured. They were detained on capital murder accusations while seeking treatment at a hospital.
The names of attorneys who could speak on Stewart’s or Clark’s behalf are not listed in court filings.