TX man ruled out as suspect in ambush shooting of deputy constable

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 3:55 AM

"We're still searching for the shooter," police dept spokesman Victor Senties said. A man showed up at a fire Sta close the scene of Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton'south shooting Wednesday night carrying a gun magazine.

TX man ruled out as suspect in ambush shooting of deputy constable

A man questioned in the shooting of a TX deputy constable was ruled out as a suspect in an attack authorities have described as an ambush that left the officer seriously wounded, Houston police said Friday.

"We're still searching for the shooter," police dept spokesman Victor Senties said.

A man showed up at a fire Sta close the scene of Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton'south shooting Wednesday night carrying a gun magazine. Senties said he told investigators who questioned him that he'd a gun before arriving at the Sta and was charged with being a felon in possession.

"This isn't related at all to the deputy'south shooting," Senties said. "It'south totally independent. It'south got nothing to do with the deputy's shooting."

Authorities said Clopton was wearing a protective vest when he was shot four times from behind late Wednesday as the assailant stood on the other side of a four-lane road in a neighborhood about three miles S of downtown Houston. The vest likely saved Clopton'south life, Constable May Walker said.

"It was virtually an ambush is what it was," she said.

Doctors have said Clopton suffered wounds to his chest and abdomen and should fully recover, but will stay in the hospital for about a week.

Constables in some regions are tasked with serving warrants and providing Ct security, but in the Houston area they generally allow the same policing coverage as other law agencies.

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