Harris County, TX - Clinton "Clint" Greenwood, Assistant Chief Deputy with the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office, was assassinated Monday morning, April 3, 2017, as he arrived to work. He was getting out of his Tahoe when he was shot, apparently by a sniper, in the neck.
He was able to get on his police radio, and said "I have been shot and am bleeding out." The radio transmission was extremely difficult to understand, according to The Montgomery County Police Reporter. The shot is believed to have come from across the bayou.
Deputies and Police Officers rushed to his aid and he was flown by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died. Houston Police Department Motorcycle Officers escorted Deputy Chief Greenwood's body to the medical examiner's office.
The incident occurred about 7:00 AM in a parking lot behind the Baytown courthouse. The area has been locked down and a massive manhunt is underway for the shooter.
Lieutenant Steve Dorris with the Baytown Police Department said that the shooting was intentional but the motive is not yet known. He said "Whether or not he was specifically targeted, or whether this was because of the uniform he was wearing or the place he pulled up to in the morning, we just don't know that right now."
Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton said "This morning, the Harris County Precinct 3 constable's office has suffered a great loss. I just want to send my condolences out to the family. And also the deputy's brothers and sisters in law enforcement that worked with Chief Greenwood."
Alan Rosen, Precinct 1 Constable, said "He was an incredible human being, a cop's cop," according to The Houston Chronicle.
Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Greenwood, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, graduated with his B.A. in 1983 from Rice University. He went to law school at South Texas College of Law and graduated in 1986, according to ABC 13.
He worked for the Harris County District Attorney's Office, beginning as an intern in the Grand Jury division. He then worked in the Trial Bureau after he became a licensed attorney. He was promoted to the Civil Rights division in 1988.
Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Greenwood started his own law office in 1989, where he worked for 20 years with a focus on representing police officers in criminal matters such as officer-involved shootings and administrative proceedings.
He was also a contract attorney for the Houston Police Officer's Association, Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, and the Houston Police Officer's Union.
In 2009, he joined the Harris County District Attorney's Office as the Police Integrity Division Chief. In 2013, he joined the Harris County Sheriff's Office, serving as the Commander of the Office of Inspector General, the Internal Affairs Division, and General Investigations Division.
When Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales took office this year, Clinton Greenwood moved into his current position as Assistant Chief Deputy of Precinct 3. He also served as an Instructor for the Houston Police Department from 2009 - 2012.
Assistant Chief Clint Greenwood was a talented marksman, who shot competitively, along with his wife.
The Baytown Police Department is leading the investigation, and is being assisted by the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers, the Precinct 3 Constable's Office and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of fallen hero Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Deputy Chief Greenwood, your life mattered.