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Veteran Harris County Police Officer Killed As He Arrived at Work

Veteran Harris County Police Officer Killed As He Arrived at Work
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A longtime law enforcement officer was shot dead while pulling into work in Baytown Monday morning, authorities said.

Clint Greenwood, assistant deputy chief with the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office, was shot at least one time behind the Baytown courthouse around 7 a.m., police said. The shooter remains at large.

Baytown police, who are leading the investigation, have been unable to determine the shooter's motive, but believe the shooting was intentional, Lieutenant Steve Dorris said. Because the shooter is on the loose, the area has remained on lockdown, including nearby Sterling High School — although police say there is no reason to believe the shooter is targeting others.

Greenwood was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

"The Harris County Precinct has suffered a great loss," Harris County Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton said at a press conference. "I just want to send my condolences out to the family and our brothers and sisters in law enforcement that worked with Chief Greenwood."

The veteran officer and licensed attorney had spent the past 30 years in law enforcement, with stints at Harris County Precinct 4 as a reserve deputy; the Harris County Sheriff's Office as an internal affairs investigator; and the Harris County District Attorney's Office, where he spent four years as a prosecutor tasked with investigating police officers involved in high-profile cases.

Law enforcement agencies across Texas offered their condolences Monday. The most senior lawman in the state, Attorney General Ken Paxton, released the following statement:

“The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the family of Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, who has died from a gunshot wound in Harris County. My office stands ready to assist in any way possible. This is a reminder to pray for and support all law enforcement officials in our state, especially at this time of grief.”

The Texas Rangers, the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force are assisting the Baytown Police Department in search of the suspect.

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