An ambush attack outside a north Houston nightclub in October left one officer dead and two others injured. Now, police say a 19-year-old has been arrested in connection to the murder.
According to Harris County Constable Precinct 4, the three deputy constables were working security outside a nightclub on Oct. 16 when they were ambushed by a shooter as they were trying to arrest another person in the parking lot.
During the attack, officials said 30-year-old Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins was fatally shot and killed. Deputies Jaqaim Barthen and Darryl Garrett were both injured in the attack. Barthen was released from the hospital and is home recovering. Garrett remains in the hospital.
Police initially said they had a suspect in custody on Oct. 16. On the next day, police announced after interviewing the individual, they did not think they had the right person. Two months later, an arrest was made.
In a press conference, Houston police Chief Troy Finner said, "You kill one of our officers, we will arrest you. I'm just amazed at the work they have done, and really, I know it seems like a long time, but it's been a short time toward the obstacles (investigators) were up against," ABC 13 stated.
Atkin’s widow, Nadia Atkins, spoke at the press conference also and said, "I mean, it's two months later. I think for a second there, we were a little worried. But this is a huge win for us. And we're just so grateful for everybody up here for all the hard work that was put in, and that justice has begun."
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