A sheriff’s deputy accidently shot and killed a constable’s workplace deputy early Friday as the 2 investigated a report of suspicious exercise at a vacant home a half-hour southeast of Houston, officers mentioned.
The friendly-fire tragedy claimed the life of Fort Bend County Constable’s Workplace Deputy Caleb Rule, a father of 4 and a veteran cop who had been a deputy since September, the Houston Chronical reported.
Rule’s kids vary in age from 13 to 18. The oldest youngster is a daughter who graduates from highschool Friday night time, officers mentioned.
“No sheriff, no constable, no chief of police, nobody, this complete nation within the discipline of regulation enforcement ever need to maintain press conferences like this,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls mentioned at a press convention.
“An absolute tragedy.”
Rule and the deputy who unintentionally shot him had been responding to a name out of a subdivision in Missouri Metropolis. A suspicious particular person had jumped right into a vacant property’s yard after which flipped a light-weight on inside, the sheriff instructed reporters.
Three sheriff’s workplace autos and a fourth from the county constable’s workplace responded at 1:45 a.m., discovering a again door left unsecured.
One of the sheriff’s deputy’s weapons discharged because the officers have been inside checking the home for a suspect.
Rule was carrying a physique digital camera and a bulletproof vest on the time of the taking pictures, which is below investigation, officers mentioned.
The identification of the deputy who opened fire has not been launched; Nehls mentioned solely that the deputy has over 20 years of regulation enforcement expertise.