3 charged with capital murder in the shooting death of an off-duty Houston-area deputy

CNN, By Chris Boyette, Apr. 4, 2022

(CNN) – Three people are facing capital murder charges after an off-duty Harris County deputy was shot and killed while leaving a grocery store with his wife, officials said.

Deputy Darren Almendarez, 51, and his wife were walking to their truck at a Houston-area store around 8:35 p.m. Thursday when they saw a black Nissan Altima backed up to their vehicle and two men underneath the truck, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The men were allegedly trying to steal the truck's catalytic converter, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter.

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