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Police make arrest in shooting death of former College Station officer

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Dec 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-14 00:03:01-05

HOUSTON, Texas — One man was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Deputy Kareem Atkins in Fort Bend County today.

The suspected gunman ambushed the 30-year-old Atkins and two other Precinct 4 deputies from behind at a north Houston bar in October, police said.

Police said the three were attacked in the early hours of Oct. 16, while they were working an extra security job at the bar.

As they wrestled a robbery suspect, the alleged shooter opened fire, striking and killing Atkins and wounding Deputies Darryl Garrett, 28, and Juqaim Barthen, 26, according to HPD.

Atkins started his law enforcement career with College Station P.D. in 2018 before leaving the following year for his position in Harris County.

Atkin's homicide is the first line of the duty death for the constable's office.

Law enforcement along with billionaire Tillman Fertitta offered $75,000 for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

HPD gave no further details but said there will likely be a media briefing Monday.