Harris County Constable Deputy Karim Atkins, 30, leaves behind wife and child
Officials in Harris County, Texas, have ordered flags to be lowered at half in honor of a deputy who was killed in an ambush on Saturday that wounded two other deputys.
Governor Greg Abbott, at the request of Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo, allowed the flag to be lowered following the death of Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Deputy Karim Atkins, KPRC-TV reported.
Abbott wrote in a letter, “The First Lady and I pray for comfort for the Atkins family in their time of grief, and we all from Texas remember Deputy Constable Atkins’ public service as a dedicated law enforcement officer and urge you to respect.” Judge Hidlago, according to the station.
Atkins, 30, died of gunshot wounds after attempting to respond to a possible robbery and arrest a suspect, Constable Mark Harman. shared on facebook.
During the suspect’s arrest, a second suspect appeared and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle at Atkins and 28-year-old Deputy Daryl Garrett, both attacking the deputy, Herman wrote. Deputy Jukam Barthen, 26, heard shots and rushed to help but was immediately shot down and immobilized.
Herman noted that Garrett was “shot in the back and had surgery and is in the ICU of the city’s Herman Hospital.”
Herman said of the incident, “Deputies Atkins, Garrett and Barthan are true law enforcement heroes who were cowardly ambushed while serving and protecting their community.”
Atkins served at Precinct 4 since January 2019, and “recently returned to work after paternity leave leaving a wife and 6-month-old child,” Herman wrote.
The investigation is ongoing by the Houston Police Department.
Granthshala News’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report.