HOUSTON – Authorities said a Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable was shot and the suspect was found dead in north Harris County Tuesday.
Investigators said three deputy constables responded to a domestic disturbance call, the second of the night, at an apartment complex located at 13875 Ella Blvd.
When Deputy Constable Christopher Hendrix and two other deputy constables arrived at the scene, they knocked on the door where the suspect was staying, investigators said. Then, the suspect opened the door and started shooting, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. Authorities said a bullet struck Hendrix in his lower abdomen.
Constable shot— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) July 7, 2020
Our shot Deputy has been rushed to Memorial Hermann hospital in the Woodlands. Constable and staff On the way there pic.twitter.com/weB9FWaVvc
“The suspect opens the door and shoots Deputy Hendrix at point-blank range,” said Constable Herman. “The doctor was kind of concerned about where he was shot. If it would’ve been an inch or two in another direction, it could’ve been really, really bad for him.”
Constable Herman swore Hendrix into the department back in March. Hendrix had been on the streets alone for only a month.
“We have a young deputy that is energetic and just trying to find his way in law enforcement. He goes to a call for service, trying to help the community,” said Herman.
Earlier Tuesday morning, Constable Herman posted this picture, smiling with Hendrix’s mother and sister in the waiting room.
Hendrix underwent a successful surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
“We feel that God was looking out for our deputy and protected him,” said Herman.
Deputy Hendrix was rushed into surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands. Authorities said Hendrix is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. There is no word yet on when Hendrix will be released from the hospital.
CONSTABLE SURGERY FROM GUNSHOT WENT WELL !— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) July 7, 2020
Deputy Hendrix is out of surgery and doctor says it was a success !
He is currently admitted to the hospital in stable condition where he will recover.
God is Great !
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Investigators said the suspect had a history of mental health issues.