Officials identify Texas deputy fatally shot at Houston mall
Deputy Neil Adams was working an extra security job when a suspect got control of his gun, police said
Duty Death: Neil Adams - [San Jacinto County, Texas]
End of Service: 02/23/2022
By Associated Press
HOUSTON — A Texas deputy constable working an off-duty security job at a Houston mall was fatally shot by a man who gained control of the officer's own gun, police said. The suspect was shot by police and died at a hospital.
Deputy Neil Adams was working a second job Thursday afternoon at PlazAmericas mall in Houston when he was shot by a man in 30s, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.
Authorities are still investigating what led to the altercation. Finner said the suspect ran to the mall's food court where he was shot by two Houston police officers. The man, whose name has not been released, died later Thursday at a Houston hospital.
Adams had worked as a deputy constable in nearby San Jacinto County, north of Houston.
San Jacinto County Precinct 1 Constable Roy Rogers said Adams became an officer in 2012 and previously worked for the sheriff's department. Adams was the county's environmental officer, Rogers said.
“We lost one of our heroes. He was a good man,” Rogers said. “He worked hard to take care of his family, to take care of the constituents of our county.”
At Memorial Hermann TMC tonight where San Jacinto Constable Deputy Neil Adams was brought after being fatally shot working a security job at PlazAmericas shopping center Wed. afternoon in Houston. More @nkhensley @stjbs @abauman2 here: https://t.co/ritIr35r2y pic.twitter.com/yBIQ4Z2E90— Mark Mulligan (@mrkmully) February 24, 2022
Family of slain San Jacinto County Deputy seen leaving Memorial Hermann. Deputy Neil Adams was shot & killed at PlazAmericas Mall in SouthWest Houston this evening. HPD officers shot and killed Suspect. We’ll have an update at 9:30pm on @FOX26Houston pic.twitter.com/m9Rqn73yg5— Gabby Hart (@GabbyHartNews) February 24, 2022
“Pray for this family.” Chief @TroyFinner @houstonpolice speaking on death of Neil Adams, a San Jacinto County PCT 1 Constable Deputy killed in shooting. Suspect also deceased. #KHOU11 pic.twitter.com/t0TVtzhI6V— Grace White (@GraceWhiteKHOU) February 24, 2022