Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement on the death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez, who was shot while confronting suspected car burglars off-duty last night. Two suspects have been apprehended and one remains at large.
Thursday night, Harris County Sheriff’s Office were responding to a shooting in the 2929 FM 1960 at a grocery store parking lot at Aldine Westfield.
“With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darren Almendarez, 51,” The Harris County Sheriff’s Office shared on social media earlier today. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, children, his extended family, colleagues and friends.”
Almendarez was an agency veteran of 23 years and served in the department’s auto theft unit for the past year.
“Deputy Darren Almendarez lost his life while answering the call to serve and protect his fellow Texans, and this tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the sacrifices our law enforcement officers make both on and off duty,” said Governor Abbott. “The State of Texas is ready to provide all resources necessary to bring justice to the family and loved ones of Deputy Almendarez. I ask that Texans join Cecilia and me in prayer for Deputy Almendarez’s family and for the continued safety of all of our law enforcement officers across the Lone Star State.”