Houston deputy killed in ambush identified as Kareem Atkins

The off-duty sheriff’s deputy working a second job who was killed over the weekend was identified Sunday as Kareem Atkins, a father of two.

“The men and women of Constable Mark Herman’s Office are mourning the loss of Deputy Kareem Atkins, who was ambushed, shot and killed,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman wrote in a tweet. “Please continue to pray for him, the other two injured deputies and our Precinct 4 family. Rest easy brother. We’ll take the watch from here.”

Atkins, 30, leaves behind a wife, 6-month-old son, and 2-year-old daughter, KHOU 11 reported. A member of the department since 2019, Atkins recently returned from paternity leave, according to the station.

The killing came as three Harris County deputies were working “police-related extra jobs” at the 44 North Bar and Lounge in Houston when they were “ambushed” at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday outside a nightclub.

Harris County Pct. 4 deputies provided support to each other at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences after the body of Kareem Atkins was transported to the building from Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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“We believe they were ambushed, shot from behind,” said James Jones, executive assistant chief of the Houston Police Department. “This is a terrible time.”

Investigators said Deputy Darrell Garret, 28, is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital after being shot in the back. He is out of surgery. He joined Precinct 4 in March 2018.

Deputy Juqaim Barthen, 26, was shot in the foot. He was also hospitalized.

One “person of interest” was detained at the scene Jones said, noting it wasn’t yet clear if that person was a suspect or a witness.

“There are a lot of unknowns at this point,” he said.

Atkins, 30, leaves behind a wife, 6-month-old son, and 2-year-old daughter.
Kareem Atkins, 30, leaves behind a wife, 6-month-old son, and 2-year-old daughter.
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The incident is a “tough time for Precinct 4,” Herman told reporters.

“I’ve got a dad there, I’ve got a wife there, and they’ve got a deceased son and husband.”

“We hope to have a suspect in custody soon,” he added. “I hope for swift and quick justice for that individual because he ambushed my deputies.”