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Slain lawman Clint Greenwood was remembered Thursday in a traditional police funeral with honor guards, a riderless horse and fond stories from friends and colleagues as thousands of officers from as far away as New York and Chicago gathered to pay their respects.
The funeral drew a motorcade of officers – including some on motorcycle and horseback – as flags stood at half-mast at Second Baptist Church at 6400 Woodway Dr.
Greenwood was gunned down Monday as he arrived at work at a Harris County courthouse annex in Baytown. His killer remains at large, even as law enforcement from multiple agencies work through leads and evidence.
He is survived by his widow, Leatha Benyo Greenwood, and four children, Catherine and Chuck Greenwood and Lauren and Timothy Benyo.
“If anyone has information about my husband’s death, please report it. Come forward,” Leatha Greenwood said after the service, in a strong voice. “Somebody out there knows something…. I need your help.”
At the service Thursday, he was praised as a diligent law enforcement officer and lawyer who was an expert marksman.
“We’re going to be here for you,” longtime friend Tim Cannon told Greenwood’s family at the service. “All of these brothers and sisters will be part of your family …. Our arms are around you all the time, and we’re never going to let you go.”
Greenwood was assistant chief deputy in the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office. He had joined the constable’s office in January from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, where as a major he had overseen internal affairs and other divisions. He also had worked as a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office, overseeing the police integrity unit, and had spent years as a private attorney representing police officers accused of wrongdoing.
Catherine Greenwood spoke about her father through tears as she held hands with her step-sister, Lauren Benyo. She remembered when he became in effect a single parent after a divorce in 2000.
She remembered her father proudly sending her to school with a unique hairdo – one pigtail sticking out in front and one in back – until a teacher safety-pinned a note to the little girl’s clothes offering to show her father how to do standard pigtails.
“He is my best friend,” she said.
Her brother, Chuck Greenwood, stood beside stepbrother Timothy Benyo and remember their father’s high standards and expectations of punctuality.
“He was my biggest supporter and my harshest critic,” he said. “Through all the years, one thing never changed. He was always my hero, and he still is.”
Greenwood’s funeral was held in the same church that served as host after the 2015 ambush killing of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth.
For Greenwood’s service, the church had prepared its 3,000-person main sanctuary as well as overflow areas. Deputies and reserve deputies manned the Precinct 3 office so that those officers and others would be able to attend the funeral.
After the 90-minute funeral, pallbearers including Greenwood’s son and stepson wheeled the casket outside into the bright sunlight. A small chorus of bagpipes – brought in from the Austin Police Department – played “Amazing Grace” as officers stood at attention.
A final radio call – traditional in police funerals – was made.
“End of watch, April 3, 2017,” came the announcement over a police radio. “We have the watch from here.”
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