Texas deputy constable fatally shot after arriving for work

Harris County Deputy Shot Outside Baytown Courthouse

Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood was fatally shot Monday morning in Baytown and the multi-agency investigation into the ambush-style killing continues. No information was released on the suspect.

A manhunt is underway for the killer; police said they had several leads. The body of Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood is escorted to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Houston.

According to a report from the KTRK station, Officer Greenwood, 57, reached for help on radio and said he was "bleeding" after being shot in the neck. The motive of the shooting is now unknown.

'It's a hit, no doubt, ' one top law official working with the police told The Chronicle.

The chaotic morning unfolded as employees tried to get to work and students to class. Robert Soard, with the Harris County Attorney's Office, declined to comment.

"It's very early on in the investigation".

Still though, those who knew Greenwood said he never let the nature of his career weigh him down.

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"We're going to do everything we can to make sure that we track down whoever was responsible for this".

The shooting death of a deputy constable in Texas this week added to the rise in US law officers killed in the line of duty in 2017: 34 so far this year, a jump of 10 percent from 2016.

The shooting occurred about 7 Monday morning in Baytown and the deputy was airlifted to a hospital.

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Another deputy nearby rushed to his aid, applying pressure onto the deputy constable's neck. My office stands ready to assist in any way possible. With Greenwood's long career in law enforcement, the victim previously acknowledged there could be no shortage of people who wished him harm.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a message of condolences to the family and friends of Officer Greenwood and the Harris County Precinct 3 community.

"I am confident that the author of this despicable act will be arrested and tried promptly", he added.

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