Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy shot, killed during off-duty confrontation

Two suspects apprehended, one remains at large
Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Almendarez; photo contributed by the Harris County Sheriff's Office

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – On Friday morning, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darren Almendarez, 51. An agency veteran of 23 years, he served in our auto theft unit for the past year. Our thoughts & prayers go out to his wife, children, his extended family, colleagues & friends.”

Governor Greg Abbott also released a statement on the death of Deputy Almendarez, who was shot while confronting suspected car burglars off-duty last night. So far, two suspects were apprehended, and one remains at large.

A news release from the Office of the Texas Governor released the following statement from the Governor:

“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.”

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the Texas Governor contributed the above information, quotes and photo.