Deputies swarm downtown Houston courthouse in search for suspect in Greenwood ambush

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No arrest made after quick response to report of suspicious person

Updated 9:55 am, Monday, April 10, 2017

Deputies swarmed the historic 1910 courthouse in downtown Houston on Monday morning shortly after authorities blocks away evacuated the criminal courthouse, reportedly due to a false fire alarm.

Sources told the Chronicle that deputies were looking for a suspect possibly connected to last week’s ambush killing of veteran lawman Clint Greenwood.

Harris County Precinct 1 constable’s deputies guard the historic building, which still houses several appeals courts. Additional deputies, including canine search units, were called in to assist, said Alan Bernstein, special assistant to Constable Alan Rosen.

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Bernstein said the deputies were preparing to stand down shortly after 9 a.m. after a search turned up no suspect in the historic Harris County courthouse, which is the home for several appeals courts.

Multiple law enforcement sources said police initially believed there might be a suspect connected to the April 3 fatal shooting of Greenwood, who was killed outside a Harris County courthouse annex in Baytown.

Bernstein said deputies were responding to a call about a suspicious person.

The evacuation at the nearby criminal courthouse came after an apparent false fire alarm about 8 a.m. that triggered a significant Houston Fire Department response, including at least 11 units. 

About 9:30 a.m. lines snaked around that courthouse as people waited to re-enter the building.

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