Suspect Arrested After Death of Houston Sheriff’s Deputy

Suspect Arrested After Death of Houston Sheriff's Deputy

( – On October 16, Harris County Deputy Kareem Atkins and three of his colleagues were performing “police-related extra jobs” at a local nightclub when someone ambushed and shot them. The suspect hit three agents, injuring two and killing Deputy Atkins. The Houston Police Department (HPD) recently made an arrest in the case.

HPD initially offered a $75,000 reward for the information leading to the suspect’s arrest back on October 20. It arrested 19-year-old Eddie Miller, who officers believe is responsible for the shooting on December 13.

Authorities charged Miller with aggravated assault, attempted capital murder, capital murder with no bond or bail, and $1 million in additional charges. Shortly after the arrest, Atkins’ widow, Nadia, expressed appreciation for those who contributed to the investigation and Miller’s eventual apprehension. While the grieving widow lamented the nearly two-month timeframe, she also called it a “huge win.”

While police say they did apprehend a possible suspect the night of the shooting, they later released the man after concluding he wasn’t the culprit.

Kareem Atkins, 30, leaves behind his wife and two children, a two-year-old daughter and a six-month-old son. Deputies Juqain Barthen and Darryl Garret both survived their injuries. Their families say the three men were like brothers; they did everything together.

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