HARRIS COUNTY – After a harrowing recovery, a Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable is sharing his story about what happened the day he was shot seven times.
"I was mentally preparing myself to die right there," Justin Gay said.
"You have to cherish everything in life that you consider important or what you think is worth it because you can be taken from it or it can be taken from you," said the deputy.
Gay, 30, was responding to a domestic dispute Sunday Nov. 5 at 9006 Walnut Glen Drive. Police said 40-year-old Constantine Argyrion's mother called 911 after an argument with him.
As Gay tried to take Argyrion into custody, shots were fired.
"He got me right here; this bullet entered right here," said Gay, pointing to his kneecaps. Both knees were hit.
"I was walking down the street, we exchanged words, we struggled in a confrontation. I got him down on the ground and unbeknownst to me, he had a pistol," said Gay.
Gay said he rolled around on the ground, hoping the man's gun would misfire or that the bullets would miss. All seven bullets hit his legs. He said he began to bleed out.
"I was bleeding so much because of so many gunshot wounds," Gay said.
Shortly after, his wife Olevia got the door knock no wife ever wants.
"A deputy showed up at my house," Olevia said.
However, at the scene of the shooting, Gay's backup came just in time.
"If it wasn't for my backup partner, I'd probably be dead," Gay said. "When she got there he was still standing over me."
The two-year veteran of the Precinct 4 Constable's Office was taken to the hospital. As Gay lay in his hospital bed Sunday night, Herman said that at least 30 officers were lined up outside to offer him comfort and support. Spending nearly three weeks in the hospital Gay said it was the thoughts of his 5-month-old son, Xavier, and his wife, Olevia, that kept him going.
"You have to cherish everything in life that you consider important because you can be taken from it or it can be taken from you," said Gay.
Argyrion was later found near a bayou by a police dog.
For now, Argyrion remains behind bars at the Harris County jail charged for attempting to commit capital murder. His bond is set at $250,000. His next court date is Jan. 9 for arraignment.
Meanwhile, Precinct 4 has set up a fundraiser benefiting Gay. The BBQ get together will take place 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Enchanted Cypress Ballroom at 12603 Louetta Road in Cypress. The money will go toward helping the deputy afford medical bills after going through extensive injuries to both legs requiring surgery and months of rehabilitation.
Gay said it means everything that the community is coming together.
"It's made me feel so much better knowing I have so much love out there," said Gay.
Those looking to order in large quantities ahead of time can email. DeputyGayFundraiser@gmail.com. All preorders must be received by 8 a.m. Dec. 4.
Those looking to donate ahead of time can mail their donations to 18482 Kuykendahl Road #191, Spring, Texas 77379.