Homicide

Official: Deputy constable shot 6 times in Houston

  • In this frame from video provided by KTRK, an officer walks on the the scene after a late Wednesday, April 13, 2016, shooting in Houston. A deputy constable was rushed to a hospital after a suspect shot him from behind multiple times, authorities said. (KTRK via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this frame from video provided by KTRK, an officer walks on the the scene after a late Wednesday, April 13, 2016, shooting in Houston. A deputy constable was rushed to a hospital after a suspect shot him from behind multiple times, authorities said. (KTRK via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this undated photo released by Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton is seen. Clopton was shot multiple times from behind late Wednesday, April 13, 2016, while talking to another constable following a traffic stop in Houston. Clopton was wearing a protective vest when he was shot and is expected to recover after undergoing several hours of surgery. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    In this undated photo released by Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton is seen. Clopton was shot multiple times from behind late Wednesday, April 13, 2016, while talking to another constable following a traffic stop in Houston. Clopton was wearing a protective vest when he was shot and is expected to recover after undergoing several hours of surgery. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this undated photo released by Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton is seen. Clopton was shot multiple times from behind late Wednesday, April 13, 2016, while talking to another constable following a traffic stop in Houston. Clopton was wearing a protective vest when he was shot and is expected to recover after undergoing several hours of surgery. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    In this undated photo released by Harris County Sheriff's Office, Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton is seen. Clopton was shot multiple times from behind late Wednesday, April 13, 2016, while talking to another constable following a traffic stop in Houston. Clopton was wearing a protective vest when he was shot and is expected to recover after undergoing several hours of surgery. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Houston say a deputy constable has been rushed to a hospital after a suspect approached him from behind and shot him six times.

Pamela Greenwood, a spokeswoman for the Harris County precinct seven constable's office, says the incident happened between midnight and 12:15 a.m. Thursday. She says the deputy constable is expected to survive.

Greenwood says the deputy was at a convenience store in midtown Houston and was leaning into his patrol vehicle, talking to a reserve deputy trainee inside when an unknown suspect approached from behind and shot him. She says the officer was hit six times, in the side and back.

He was taken to a hospital. According to Greenwood, doctors believe his injuries are not life-threatening.

The incident is under investigation. No further details were immediately available.