Aug 28 (Reuters) – A sheriff’s deputy pumping gas into his patrol car was shot and killed on Friday in an ambush at a Houston gas station, authorities said.
A search was under way for the officer’s killer, who was described as a male dressed in a white t-shirt, driving a red truck, the Harris County Sheriff’s office said.
The deputy was in uniform and filling up his car with gas when the gunman approached from behind and fired several shots, sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland told reporters.
“A male suspect came up from behind the deputy and shot the deputy multiple times,” Gilliland said. “The deputy then fell to ground. The suspect then continued over to him and shot the deputy again multiple times as he laid on the ground.”
“This suspect will be caught and he will be brought to justice,” Gilliland said.
The deputy fatally shot was a was 10-year veteran of sheriff’s office, KPRC reported. A name had not been released.
Live video from the scene in northwest Houston, about 20 miles from downtown, showed police tape across the perimeter of the gas station. Dozens of officers were on the scene.
(Reuters reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles; Editing by Paul Tait)
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