Search underway for gunman after Baytown deputy constable killed

A Houston deputy constable with three decades of experience in law enforcement told officials he'd felt threatened by a man he previously targeted in a corruption investigation days before he was gunned down in a courthouse parking lot.

The suspect in a fatal shooting of a Houston-area deputy on Monday is still at large. Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, as the victim in this morning's shooting.

A source close to the investigation tells the newspaper Greenwood was shot at close range by a man who stepped from behind a dumpster. From 1989 to 2009 he was a defense attorney who defended police officers in high-profile cases, then returned to the DA's office for four years to investigate police in high-profile cases.

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"Texas is taking action to strengthen penalties for those brazen enough to commit crimes against law enforcement", Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement, the Chronicle reported.

Greenwood was shot in the neck just moments after pulling into the courthouse annex in Baytown.

Investigators said Greenwood was shot in the neck and radioed for help. Casings from a 9mm handgun were found nearby. Greenwood was LifeFlighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, but did not survive. In the video, a dark-colored vehicle is seen backing out of a parking space and leaving the parking lot across from the courthouse where Greenwood was shot.

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Crime Stoppers of Houston will pay up to $50,000.00 and Baytown Crime Stoppers will pay up to $15,000.00 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect in this case. Clint Greenwood, 57, with almost three decades of experience, was shot dead yesterday morning behind a Harris County annex in Baytown, police said. "This person was possibly wearing a dark jacket with some type of patch on the sleeve and was seen in the area around the time of the shooting".

Tim Cannon, a lieutenant with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office who was a personal friend of Greenwood's and knew him for more than 40 years, also thinks the deputy was ambushed.

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