Texas officer ambushed, shot in back 4 times, expected to recover

Ambushed: Houston deputy Alden Clopton (pictured), father of five, was shot in the back four times Wednesday night. He underwent hours of surgery, but is expected to be 'OK,' police said

A Houston deputy constable was ambushed and shot in the back four times by an unknown attacker on Wednesday night, police announced Thursday.

Father of five Alden Clopton was talking to a reserve deputy trainee through the window of their cop car outside a convenience store at 11:20pm when an unknown figure approached him from behind and fired six times said Pamela Greenwood, spokeswoman for Harris County Precinct 7.

One shot hit the ground and another hit the car, but four of them ended up lodged inside the body of Clopton, who was then rushed to hospital, CNN reported.

Clopton, an 11-year veteran of the police force, went into several hours of surgery for wounds sustained to his side and back, including a bullet caught near his heart, Associated Press reported.

‘He’s in critical care, but he’s doing well,’ Harris County Precinct 7 Constable May Walker said to CNN. ‘It’s going to be a long recovery, but we think he’s going to be OK.’

It is believed his protective vest may have saved his life.

Scene of the crime: The motive for the 'unprovoked' shooting, which took place outside this convenience store, is unknown, though a spokesperson admitted the attacker must have known Clopton, in uniform, was a cop

Clopton and the trainee had parked their patrol vehicle after conducting a traffic stop when the incident occurred.

He was talking to her through her passenger window when the shots rang out. She got out of the car and saw the attacker across the street.

‘Fearing for her safety, and that of her partner, who had already been shot, she returned fire,’ Houston police spokesman Kese Smith told CNN.

It is not known whether the attacker was hit, but shortly afterward, the station reported, someone fitting the gunman’s description was seen at a local fire station.

‘He was not injured, but as to why he showed up at the station, homicide [investigators have] to question him to find out,’ Smith told CNN. The man has not yet been arrested, she said.

The motive for the attack is not clear, but when Associated Press asked Smith whether the attacker was targeting cops, she replied: ‘I can’t see how someone can mistake them for someone other than law enforcement.’

Walker told the station that she was ‘very emotional’ about Clopton’s shooting, as he and his brothers – also police officers – were all trained in her precinct.

Family guy: Clopton's three brothers are also police, as is his wife. A man is being questioned in relation to the shooting but has not yet been arrested

‘All the Clopton brothers, they grew up in my house,’ the constable said. ‘I’ve known them – some of them – since they were born.’

Clopton is married to a Harris County sheriff’s deputy and has five children.

Clopton is the second Harris County law officer to be shot from behind in an unprovoked attack in the past year, Associated Press said.

In August Texas prosecutors charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth, who was gunned down while filling his patrol car with gas in what officials described as a ‘senseless and cowardly act.’

Source: The DailyMail

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