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HCSO Deputy Darren Almendarez remembered as fighter and warrior

Deputy Almendarez died after he was shot throughout an alternate of gunfire when he confronted three males making an attempt to steal the catalytic converter from his truck.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez described Deputy Darren Almendarez as fighter and warrior who dedicated his life to public service.

Deputy Darren Almendarez, 51, died Thursday evening after he was shot throughout an alternate of gunfire when he confronted three males investigators say have been making an attempt to steal the catalytic converter from his truck exterior of grocery retailer close to the intersection of FM 1960 and Aldine Westfield Road.

Deputy Almendarez was 23-year legislation enforcement veteran, who most just lately served within the auto theft division.

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According to Sheriff Gonzalez, Deputy Almendarez was homeless early in his life and labored in quick meals. He was making an attempt to make ends meet at a younger age earlier than he dedicated his life to public service.

The sheriff mentioned he knew the deputy each personally and professionally and described him as being “very mild spoken” and a “very great individual.”

“He’s just a great guy. He’s had a stellar career for 23 years,” the sheriff mentioned. “Started as a detention officer, went to patrol, current assignment is in the auto theft division.”

The sheriff requested for prayers from the neighborhood and mentioned his office has been very blessed to have the neighborhood assist they’ve.

Prior to the capturing, Deputy Almendarez was procuring within the grocery retailer together with his spouse to arrange for his sister’s birthday celebration which was deliberate for Friday, in response to the sheriff.

The sheriff mentioned the deputy’s spouse is distraught and requested the neighborhood to maintain her of their prayers, as properly.

Earlier this year, Deputy Almendarez was featured in a video posted by the sheriff’s office on social media. He was advising the general public on avoiding shopping for a stolen automobile throughout a trip alongside. The Houston Police Officers’ Union shared the video early Friday morning following his loss of life.

Deputy Darren Almendarez beloved our neighborhood and labored laborious each single day to make the world a greater and safer…

Posted by Houston Police Officers’ Union on Thursday, March 31, 2022

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo mentioned she was “Absolutely heartbroken.”

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