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Deputy Darren Almendarez shooting: Procession for murdered deputy after one suspect given no bond

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A procession from the health worker’s workplace to the funeral house was held Monday morning for Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace Deputy Darren Almendarez, who was shot and killed final week in a grocery retailer car parking zone.

The procession began at 8 a.m. from the health worker’s workplace on Previous Spanish Path and ended at Brookside Funeral Dwelling at 13747 Eastex Freeway.

Three males have been charged with capital homicide within the off-duty deputy’s dying: 17-year-old Fredrick Tardy, 23-year-old Joshua Stewart and 19-year-old Fredarias Henry Clark.

Clark waived his proper to seem earlier than a decide early Monday, however his case was nonetheless learn in court docket, the place a decide discovered possible trigger and gave him no bond.

All three suspects are accused of making an attempt to steal the deputy’s catalytic converter from his truck within the car parking zone of the Joe V’s Sensible Store within the 2900 block of FM 1960 at Aldine Westfield at about 8:35 p.m. on Thursday.

As Almendarez and his spouse walked again to their car, they caught the boys within the act, and investigators say that is when one of many three males began taking pictures.

It was revealed in court docket Monday that Clark was the driving force of the suspects’ automobile and he allegedly shot first at Almendarez. Clark is alleged to have warned the opposite two suspects to get again of their automobile as Almendarez approached his truck. The lads had cordless chopping instruments.

Additionally based on data from the court docket, the suspects claimed the deputy was the one who shot at them first, however safety digicam footage confirmed that Clark fired earlier than Almendarez did.

“The motive force later recognized as this defendant opened the entrance driver door, displayed a handgun exterior the car over the door body, taking pictures in direction of the complainant. The complainant then pointed his handgun towards the car whereas approaching. When he reached the driving force’s aspect door, grabbed this defendant’s handgun as he discharged it within the route of the complainant,” the court docket clerk learn.

Because the suspects drove away, Almendarez continued taking pictures at them as extra photographs could have been fired from the suspects’ automobile, ABC13 realized in court docket.

Later Monday morning, Stewart additionally appeared in court docket, the place no cameras had been allowed. ABC13 reporter Charly Edsitty was there to cowl the looks, noting that there was a heavy sheriff’s workplace presence.

The state is searching for the dying penalty and requested for no bond for Stewart.

The three males are part of an even bigger crew that steal catalytic converters.

In 2019, Stewart had a cost in Harris County for illegal carrying of a weapon that was later dismissed, information present.

In November 2020, Clark was convicted of legal trespassing and later illegal carrying a weapon that was later dismissed.

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