Early this morning, around 7:00 AM, Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood was walking into work. He was going to serve his community and protect innocent people, as he did every day. As Deputy Greenwood approached the Harris County Precinct Headquarters in Baytown, Texas, he was shot. He was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The murderer remains at large.
Houston Crime Stoppers and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have announced a $65,000 Reward to anyone with information leading to the perpetrator’s arrest. Anyone with information on the individual(s) responsible is urged to call 713-222-8477. All callers will remain anonymous.
It is believed this attack was a targeted ambush. Police said Deputy Greenwood was shot in the neck and called for help, saying, “I’m bleeding out.” A federal law-enforcement official told the Houston Chronicle today that that attack was “A hit. No doubt.”
A law enforcement veteran of 30 years, Deputy Greenwood was well loved in his community. He had previously served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, and Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Here are just a few of the words his friends, colleagues, and peers have shared:
“Clint was well known to all of us at the courthouse. He practiced law for years before joining Precinct 3. He was a great guy who wanted to serve his community. This is a tragedy beyond belief. Clint Greenwood never hurt anyone one or anything. He was a kind and gentle soul. God bless Clint and his family.” — Chris Tritico, FOX 26
“We are in shock and in mourning because of today’s shooting death of Precinct 3 Constable’s Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood, who spent most of his life as a law enforcement officer and attorney serving the people of Harris County.” — Constable Alan Rosen
“He always made me laugh.” — Judge Phil Grant
“Clint Greenwood’s smile was always bigger than his badge. He was a great law enforcement Officer. An even better man.” — Ted Oberg, ABC13
“We knew him as a lawyer, law-enforcement officer and colleague respected in every role. Our prayers are with his family.” — District Attorney, Kim Ogg
“It was an honor knowing Clint Greenwood. Always teased me about being one of those media guys but always did it with a smile. Prayers. RIP.” — Jaime Zamora, Photojournalist, ABC 13
“Thousands of men and women faithfully wear the badge of a Texas peace officer day in and day out in Houston and Harris County. They answer a high call to service for their fellow man. That was the call that Assistant Chief Clint Greenwood answered over decades of service. His bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten and will not go unanswered.” — Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Assistant Chief DeputyGreenwood and the Harris County law enforcement community in the wake of this heinous murder. Texas is taking action to strengthen penalties for those brazen enough to commit crimes against law enforcement.” — Governor Greg Abbott
“Our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Asst Chief Dep Clint Greenwood and the entire Harris County Constable Prec 3 family.” — Houston FBI
“The entire Riddle family is heartbroken with the murder of Constable Clint Greenwood. Please know Constable Herman that you remain in our prayers as does the family of Constable Greenwood.” — Debbie Riddle
“Clint was a hell of a guy, not just a cop and an attorney, but a shooter and a friend. Back in the 1980’s we would shoot IPSC style for hours, and hours, at the Old Range under the Rusk Street Bridge … Whoever got him must have ambushed him like a coward. If your’e reading this coward, come see me. Your days are numbered.” — Brian Hoffner
We will update this post as more information becomes available.