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Dashcam video shows robbery suspect opening fire on Texas deputy constable

In the video, Deputy Constable Deteryon Fontonet tells the suspect to step toward him with his hands up; the suspect instead reaches inside his truck for a gun

By Sarah Calams

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Newly released video shows the moment a deputy constable was shot at by a robbery suspect last week.

In the video, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Deputy Constable Deteryon Fontonet can be heard telling the suspect, Danthony Simms-Coleman, to step toward him with his hands up, reported. However, Simms-Coleman reaches inside his truck for a gun. Fontonet was struck by bullet fragments in three different locations on his body, according to the department.

The video shows Simms-Coleman running off near houses in a neighborhood while firing several shots at Fontonet.

Deputy constables initially responded to robbery calls at two Academy stores, where one caller reported a suspect entered the store with a gun and robbed them, according to the report. Fontonet spotted Simms-Coleman, 23, who led him on a pursuit that ended in a neighborhood.

Simms-Coleman eventually surrendered after more deputies arrived on the scene. He was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant.