A black Texas police officer has multiple damaged organs after a shooting at a bar Saturday (October 16) that left yet another deputy director dead.
According to KHOU-TV, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 deputy Darryl Garrett has undergone several surgeries so that doctors can remove bullet fragments that damaged some of his organs. Lajah Richardsonsays the 28-year-old’s fiancé that he should have a kidney transplant after removing his gallbladder.
Garrett responded to a possible robbery in the parking lot outside a bar with another deputy Kareem Atkins. KHOU reports that the couple was trying to arrest a suspect when another suspect showed up and opened fire with a combat rifle, hitting both officers.
A third officer, Jaqaim Barten26, heard the shots and hurried to help, but was immediately shot and immobilized.
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“They told him he had to leave the establishment and it just went to the left from there. He was upset,” Richardson told the news station.
Atkins, 30, died of the gunshot wound. He had recently returned from paternity leave and had served in the district since January 2019. He leaves behind his wife and child.
Because Garrett is in critical condition, Richardson says she has not told him that one of his best friends is dead, and she does not know how to tell him that.
“They call each other brothers. They do everything,” Richardson said.
Richardson describes Atkins as a great officer, friend and husband and explained the difficulty of no longer having him around.
“He’s a hard working man. He took care of his family. He made sure that if you needed anything, he came through for you,” she said. “Everyone loved him, he had no problems with anyone.”
As for Barthen, Richardson says he is in stable condition and remains in the hospital.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Officer Garrett cover medical expenses as he faces a long recovery ahead.