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Two men charged in shooting death of off-duty Texas deputy Darren Almendarez

Two males have been charged within the taking pictures dying of an off-duty Texas deputy who was gunned down after leaving a grocery retailer Thursday night time and a 3rd male is being sought, authorities mentioned Friday. 

Joshua Stewart, 23, and Fredarius Clark, 19, are each charged with capital homicide in reference to the dying of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez.

The deputy had simply come out of a Joe V’s Good Store together with his spouse when he noticed a Nissan Altima backed as much as his truck and two males beneath the truck, the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned. 

“Presumably a catalytic converter that was being stolen,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez mentioned at a information convention Thursday night time. “We’re undecided. These particulars are nonetheless being investigated. However, he intervened. He intervened to attempt to cease a criminal offense.”

Almendarez, 51, instructed his spouse to go someplace secure and he approached the suspect automobile, which by then had three folks inside, authorities mentioned.

As he walked over, he was fired upon and struck a number of instances. The deputy managed to return hearth and shot not less than two suspects, 

They then fled the parking zone. Almendarez was taken to a hospital the place he later died. 

Stewart and Clark arrived at a hospital within the suspect automobile a short while later with gunshot wounds, authorities mentioned. A 3rd male described as between 17 and 19 years of age is being sought by investigators for questioning. 

Joshua Stewart (right) and Fredarius Clark (right) are charged with capital murder for the death of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Almendarez.
Joshua Stewart (proper) and Fredarius Clark (proper) are charged with capital homicide for the dying of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez.
Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace
Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of where Harris County Sheriff Darren Almendarez was killed on March 31, 2022 in Houston.
Regulation enforcement officers examine the scene the place Harris County Sheriff Darren Almendarez was killed on March 31, 2022 in Houston.
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Almendarez, a 23-year veteran of the sheriff’s workplace who was most lately assigned to the auto theft division, was remembered Thursday night time as a “fighter.” He was lately the main target of a sheriff’s workplace highlight video the place he supplied steps to keep away from shopping for a stolen automobile and different ideas. 

On the time of his dying, he had bought groceries and was planning to have a cookout to rejoice his sister’s birthday Friday, Gonzalez mentioned. 

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