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United States: Gunman ‘out of nowhere’ shoots deputies outside Houston bar, killing one

A gunman fired on constable’s deputies who were trying to detain a person outside a Houston bar on Saturday, ultimately killing one deputy and injuring two others.

Deputy Kareem Atkins, 30, died from his gunshot injuries, according to a statement by Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, which identified the three deputies involved. Atkins is survived by his wife and 2-month-old baby.

The two deputies injured were identified as Darrell Garrett, 28, and Juqaim Barthen, 26. Garrett was shot in the back, underwent surgery and was in the statement said. Barthen was “immediately shot and immobilized,” it added, without going into further detail.




Police say they’re looking for the shooter. One person was taken into custody, but authorities later confirmed that person is not believed to be the shooter.

The shooting happened around 2:15am, after at least two of the Precinct 4 constable deputies went outside to address a disturbance, authorities said.

While the two deputies were trying to detain a suspect they had on the ground, another person “came from around a car with a rifle and basically shot them right there,” Herman told reporters.



The shooter “came out of nowhere,” Herman said.

Investigators believe the shooter was a man in his early 20s.

The deputies were in uniform when they were shot, according to Clint McNear, a representative of the Texas Municipal Police Association, a union to which the deputies belong.