Texas police officer accidentally shot dead a constable who arrives on the same call about a “suspicious man”
Missouri City authorities said that on Friday, one of the deputies, who answered the call about a suspicious man, shot his colleague during a search of the house. It is reported that both servants of the law arrived at the spot almost at the same time and used the same radiofrequency.
According to police reports, a neighbor saw a running suspicious man who entered the house. The informant said that he was sure that the house was empty for weeks.
According to Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, Constable Caleb Rule and three other deputies entered the house almost simultaneously.
Deputy Constable Rule was clearing the home with the sheriff's deputies when he was mistaken for a suspect inside of the home. Deputy Constable Rule was struck in the chest in an area not protected by his vest.
Rule was taken to the nearest hospital where death was pronounced.
Deputy Constable Rule had served with the Fort Bend County Constable's Office - Precinct 4 for nine months and had previously served with the Missouri City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and five children, indicated on Officer Down Memorial Page.
“What else do you say? You’ve got to pray for everybody — just a tragic, tragic scene here,” the sheriff said early Friday.
According to official information, an internal investigation was launched against the deputy who shot the colleague. At the moment, the name of the shooter has not been disclosed, but it is known that he was sent on paid administrative leave. No suspicious intruder information was provided.