HOUSTON – The man accused of shooting and killing a Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Eddie Alberto Miller, 19, was arrested in Fort Bend County on Sunday while in the car with his mother. Miller is accused of fatally shooting Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Kareem Atkins in October. He was charged with capital murder, two counts of attempted capital murder for the wounding of two other deputies, Darrell Garrett and Juqaim Barthen, and aggravated assault on a peace officer, authorities said.
A judge said they will continue to hold Miller on no bond and a proof evident hearing is expected to take place in January.
“These officers are trying to protect us and when we interfere with them to the point of killing them, this defendant is extremely dangerous,“ Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Anybody who would do that to three uniformed officers is somebody, and then stay on the land for two months, is somebody that we want held in jail without bail.”
According to court documents, Miller used an AR-15 rifle to open fire on the three deputy constables as they were trying to detain one of his associates.
Kareem Atkins, along with Barthen and Garrett, was working an extra shift at 45 North Bar and Lounge when the shooting happened.
Deputy Barthen has been released from the hospital. Garrett remains in the hospital.