Family, friends honor slain Asst. Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood at memorial service

Remembering Clint Greenwood

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter , Stephanie Cano - Digital News Editor , Amanda Cochran - Social Media Producer

BAYTOWN, Texas - A fallen hero was honored Thursday by community members and law enforcement at Second Baptist Church.

Hundreds gathered to remember Clint Greenwood, an Asst. Chief Deputy with the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office who was shot to death before work on Monday morning.

“If anyone has any information about my husband's death, please report it. Come forward and let us know everything you know," said Leath Greenwood, Clint's wife. “Somebody out there knows something."

PHOTOS: Remembering Asst. Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood

The memorials started Thursday morning with the traditional customs for law enforcement funerals. The American flag flew high as officers escorted the hearse carrying Greenwood's body into the driveway of the Second Baptist Church. 

The honor guard stood at salute as officers carried his casket, draped with an American flag. Mourners are remembering him for his hard work and dedication to justice in our community. 

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Greenwood's memorial began with a scripture reading by Lt. Don Savell and a reading of his obituary by an emotional Sgt. Isaac Villareal. 

Friends, family remember Clint Greenwood

Constable Sherman Eagleton followed with the story of how Greenwood joined the Harris County Constable's Office. He said Greenwood was a blessing to him and an answer to his prayers when searching for an addition to their team. 

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Members of the community sat in silence during a performance of "It is Well" remembering Chief Greenwood. 

Following the performance, Lt. Tim Cannon who grew up with Greenwood talked about growing up with Greenwood and riding motorcycles together. Cannon and Greenwood were friends for over 30 years. 

VIDEO: Greenwood's daughter remembers her dad

"He was always the smartest guy in the room," said Cannon. 

Greenwood and Cannon both decided at a young age they wanted to work in law enforcement. 

Cannon talked about Greenwood's time as a prosecutor and his light-hearted personality. He said Greenwood was also very professional and well prepared for the day's tasks, greeting him with "Good morning boss, just another day in Paradise in Harris County," Cannon said. 

At the end of his remarks, Cannon promised Greenwood's wife they would find the person who killed him.

"Whoever this coward is, will be brought to justice. We will have our day and so will he, and we will make sure,  Leatha that we find justice for you and your family," said Cannon "I will be doing that until the day I die until he is caught you can count on that. Clint was someone we could all count on and its time for him to count on us."

A friend and colleague of Greenwood from the Harris County District Attorney's office, Jim Leitner paid tribute to the Assistant Chief Deputy by saying he did not die in vain.

"Clint’s death was not in vain because his life was not in vein." Leitner said. He said if Greenwood was giving a second chance at life he would go right back to work. "He would go get a new uniform, put it on, and get back to work," Leitner said. 

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Greenwood's daughter Catherine Greenwood tearfully talked about life with her father. 

"I want to celebrate Clint Greenwood, the husband, the father, the friend. Growing up I tried denying that I was daddy’s little girl but I was. He is my best friend," Catherine Greenwood said. 

VIDEO: Lt. Tim Cannon remembers Greenwood's love of motorcycles

Greenwood's son, Chuck Greenwood remembered the tough lessons his father taught him through wrestling matches.

"There wasn’t one ounce of quit in my dad. We all have to channel that from him no matter what comes our way, we can’t quit, I love you pop," Chuck Greenwood said. 

The memorial service closed with a prayer by Second Baptist Church pastor Ed Young. Following the service, family and law enforcement gathered outside for a traditional final salute. 

VIDEO: Greenwood's son remembers his father

Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood joined the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office in January. He previously served as a major with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Greenwood also worked with the Harris County District Attorney's Office investigating officer-involved shootings, allegations of excessive force and general misconduct.

Investigators said a gunman ambushed and killed Greenwood as he arrived to work at the county courthouse in Baytown Monday morning. He died at Memorial Hermann Hospital from a single gunshot wound.

VIDEO: Clint Greenwood's widow calls for tips in husband's murder

Police have released surveillance video in the hopes of capturing the gunman. A reward or $65,000 is being offered.

Precinct 3 employees set up a memorial in his designated parking spot, the same place of the shooting.

Many community members have stopped to pay their respects to a man who spent his life fighting crime and serving the community.

VIDEO: Body of fallen Asst. Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood arrives at Houston church

 

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