BAYTOWN, Texas — A reward of up to $65,000 is being offered in hopes of finding the shooter who killed a veteran Harris County deputy Monday morning. Crime Stoppers of Houston announced a combined $50,000 reward, and the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division included an additional $15,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Precinct 3 Asst. Chief Clint Greenwood had just arrived to work at the Harris County courthouse on W. Baker Road near Garth Road around 7:05 a.m. when he was shot.
Fellow officers rushed to his aid, and Life Flight was called to the scene.
The deputy was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center for treatment, but he could not be saved.
Sterling High School in Baytown was immediately placed on lockdown as authorities combed the area in search for the suspect. No description of the shooter has been released.
During a press conference, authorities said they were on a mission to track down the person responsible. They said it is too early in the investigation to determine if Greenwood was specifically targeted.
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“Thousands of men and women faithfully wear the badge of a Texas peace officer day in and day out in Houston and Harris County,” stated Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “They answer a high call to service for their fellow man. That was the call that Assistant Chief Clint Greenwood answered over decades of service. His bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten and will not go unanswered.”
Thoughts/prayers for HC Pct 3, they have lost a deputy to an ambush attack. Lets catch this coward quick so they can be brought to justice.
— Houston Police Officers' Union (@HPOUTX) April 3, 2017
Greenwood was a 30-year veteran law enforcement officer.
According to the Law Enforcement Seminars website, he received a Bachelor of Art from Rice University in 1983, and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in 1986.
He was a successful attorney with his own private practice, and has previously defended police officers in lawsuits about officer-involved shootings.
Greenwood previously served at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as chief of the Civil Rights Division. He also previously served as a major at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Greenwood began his career with the DA's Office in May of 1988. He worked there for four years. He spent nearly 20 years as a commissioned peace officer with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, and over three years as a member of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff. In January, Constable Sherman Eagleton selected Greenwood to serve as Assistant Chief in the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office.
“We knew him as a lawyer, law-enforcement officer and colleague respected in every role,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Our prayers are with his family.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also sent his condolences.
“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," Paxton said.
Baytown Mayor Steve DonCarlos also shared his condolences in statement saying:
“I’m deeply saddened to hear the news of Assistant Chief Clint Greenwood who passed away from his injuries this morning. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all those who put on the uniform every day and risk their lives to ensure the safety of our communities, and Deputy Greenwood gave the ultimate sacrifice. I pray that God will provide comfort and peace to Deputy Greenwood’s family and the law enforcement community as they grieve his loss. You do not stand alone in your grief. Baytown grieves with you.”
Numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are assisting in the investigation, the police department said.