Funeral services for assistant chief deputy constable shot, killed in Baytown
BAYTOWN, Texas (FOX 26) -
Visitation and services will be held for Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office Assistant Chief Clint Greenwood on Thursday at Second Baptist Church on 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057. A visitation for the family will take place at 9 a.m. and will open to the public at 10 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m. and there will be no burial. Greenwood was shot and killed outside the Harris County Courthouse in Baytown.
The search is underway for the suspect and a reward has increased to $65,000 for information leading to an arrest. Baytown police described the suspect as a white or Hispanic male, approximately 6'0" to 6'3" tall, short hair and medium to stock build, possibly wearing a dark jacket with a patch on the sleeve. Police released surveillance video of a possible suspect in the case.
His Precinct 3 service vehicle sat for hours with the doors open behind the Baytown Courthouse with clear signs something terrible happened as investigators surrounded the SUV combing for clues.
“Any death is tragic but it’s even more tragic when somebody that’s sworn to protect the public has their life tragically shortened,” says Lt. Steve Dorris with the Baytown Police Department.
Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood was arriving for work at 7 a.m. Monday at the Baytown Courthouse but he never made it inside the building. He was gunned down and killed with a single gunshot in the parking lot. Responding officers tried to revive him at the scene and Greenwood was flown by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"My heart goes out to his family. It’s just an awful thing. They put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe and then this happens. It’s just terrible,” says Ruth Garcia who lives nearby.
"We’re doing everything we can to track down this person that committed this crime and bring them to justice,” explains Lt. Dorris.
Why would someone open fire on Assistant Chief Greenwood? Was the shooter aiming for an officer or was Greenwood, specifically, the intended target?
“To speak specifically about what a motive would be at this point and time would be premature on my part,” says Dorris.
Greenwood was a Rice University graduate and has had a 30-year career with Harris County. He just accepted the job with Precinct 3 in January 2017. He was previously a major with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office where he was over Internal Affairs. Greenwood presided over Internal Affairs during the time when a number of deputies were fired for allegedly having inappropriate relations with the woman who was the mistress of slain Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth. Greenwood also worked for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor and as an investigator. He led the division of the DA’s office that investigated the HPD officers who were accused of beating teen burglary suspect Chad Holley.
Now Chief Greenwood is the victim and it’s his murder that’s being investigated.
"We are following up on some leads. It’s going to be a lengthy process for us,” says Lt. Dorris.
Sterling High School was on lockdown for a while after the shooting. Investigators are looking at surveillance video to try to identify the person who shot and killed Assistant Chief Greenwood. Officers from Baytown P.D., DPS, Texas Rangers, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force are working to solve the crime to give justice to a man who spent his career getting justice for others. Area flags will fly at half staff until the morning after Chief Greenwood’s memorial service.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released the following statement on Monday:
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released the following statement on Monday:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement on Monday:
The Harris County Sheriff's Office released the following statement on Monday:
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office released the following statement on Monday:
Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos released the following statement on Monday: