Deputy Constable Gunned Down; Reward Offered for Info

Updated at 3:45 p.m.

A Harris County Precinct 3 Deputy Constable was shot to death Monday morning outside the Baytown courthouse. Authorities don't know who did it, or why -- and the reward pool for information has swelled to $50,000.

Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood was a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. He was shot in the neck and pronounced dead after being taken by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann hospital.

“At about 7 o’clock this morning, our officers arrived to find Greenwood shot at least one time,” Steve Dorris with the Baytown Police Department told reporters. “Unfortunately, I have to report today that he succumbed to those injuries. He did not survive.”

No suspect has been arrested. Dorris said there is very little information law enforcement has to go on right now.

“It’s very early on in the investigation,” Dorris said, adding they are working with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Rangers and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.

The shooting took place near the Harris County Government Building in Baytown. Nearby Sterling High School was placed on lockdown after the shooting. The suspect has not been caught. 

Gov. Greg Abbott said his Criminal Justice Division is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons involved in the murder.

The award offered by the Governor’s Office, combined with the Baytown Crime Stoppers award of $35,000, brings the total amount offered to $50,000.

The Fallen Hero Reward Texas Remembers program is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division and administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Baytown Crime Stoppers includes a variety of community representatives and provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.

To be eligible for the cash reward, all tips must be submitted through Crime Stoppers using one of the following methods:

  • Calling the Baytown Crime Stoppers hotline at 281-422-TIPS (8477).
  • Calling the Texas Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
  • Texting the letters "DPS" followed by your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)
  • Submitting a tip online here.

“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Assistant Chief Deputy Greenwood and the Harris County law enforcement community in the wake of this heinous murder," Abbott said in a statement. "Texas is taking action to strengthen penalties for those brazen enough to commit crimes against law enforcement, and we will send a message that such vile acts will not be tolerated in the Lone Star State. I am confident the perpetrator of this despicable act will be apprehended and that the murderer will be met with swift justice.”

Added Attorney General Ken Paxton: “The thoughts and prayers of all Texans are with the family of Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood. ... This is a reminder to pray for and support all law enforcement officials in our state -- especially at this time of grief.”

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said: "Jan and I send our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Assistant Chief Deputy Greenwood ... during this very difficult time. Violence against our law enforcement officers must stop. Protecting our men and women in uniform continues to be a top priority for me and I will do whatever it takes to bring this latest assassin to justice."

PHOTO: Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood. From the Harris County Constable Precinct 3 website. 

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