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New details emerge as investigation widens in Monday’s ambush
Updated 12:02 pm, Tuesday, April 4, 2017
A local law enforcement leader ambushed as he arrived at work was shot at close range by a man who stepped out from behind a dumpster in the parking lot, a source close to the investigation said Tuesday.
The gunman approached veteran lawman Clint Greenwood as he was attempting to retrieve some items from the passenger side of his county vehicle.
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“This guy just walks up … and pops him two times,” the source said. “Clearly, this guy was there for one purpose.”
Greenwood, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot once in the chest and a second time in the neck. Two shell casings from a 9mm handgun were found at the scene, the source said.
Greenwood was able to radio for help, saying, “I have been shot and I’m bleeding out,” sources said.
When responding officers arrived at the scene, Greenwood was still standing by his vehicle, holding the wound on his neck and pointing in the direction the gunman fled. He collapsed at the scene and was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
A law enforcement task force working to solve Monday’s murder are hoping the combination of a $65,000 reward of Greenwood and surveillance will help them identify the shooter.
Greenwood, 57, a former law enforcement officer and prosecutor who started work in January as an assistant chief deputy constable in Precinct 3.
“It’s a hit, no doubt,” said one top federal official assisting with the investigation. “He basically got ambushed.”
Greenwood was shot once as he arrived for work about 7 a.m. Monday and parked near the southwest corner of the county building at 701 W. Baker Rd.
On Tuesday morning, police said they were pursuing leads and following up on the few tips that have come in.
“We’re getting a few here and there,” Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said of tips that have come through Crime Stoppers, which on Monday offered a reward up to $50,000. Gov. Greg Abbott’s office offered an additional $15,000 reward.
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Late Monday, police released surveillance video of a suspect vehicle seen in the area about the time of the shooting. The vehicle appears to be a dark-colored subcompact car.
Police described a man who was seen in the area at the time of the 7 a.m. shooting as a white or Hispanic man, about 6 foot to 6 feet 3, with short hair and a medium to stocky build.
The driver could have blended in with traffic as students, parents and staff arrived to a nearby high school, which was later locked down.
Dorris said on Tuesday that authorities still want to interview that driver.
Authorities said late Monday they were investigating several leads but had not made any arrests. Dorris said police had not ruled out any suspects.
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Just last week, Greenwood had told county officials he felt threatened by a man he’d once targeted in a corruption investigation. He shared his concerns with officials in the Harris County Attorney’s Office who were handling an administrative matter related to the case, according to a source who asked not to be identified because of the nature of the investigation.
“I believe [this person] poses a real threat to my and my family’s safety,” Greenwood said in an email sent Thursday to the county attorney’s office.
Greenwood’s concerns about the corruption case were passed along to law enforcement, the source said.
The reward of up to $65,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and charges in the case through Crime Stoppers, 713-222-TIPS.
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