A Texas deputy constable talking to his partner was shot multiple times in the back -- for no obvious reason.
Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton and his partner, a reserve deputy, were making a traffic stop late Wednesday night, authorities said.
After the driver was free to go, the reserve deputy was talking to her partner Clopton, "who was standing and talking to her through her open passenger window," Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said.
"She hears multiple gunshots and sees that her partner had been struck."
The female deputy got of her car and saw the suspect across the street, Smith said. "Fearing for her safety, and that of her partner, who had already been shot, she returned fire," he said.
It's not clear whether the assailant was struck.
But shortly afterward, someone matching the gunman's description showed up at a local fire station. Homicide investigators were questioning him, Smith said.
"He was not injured, but as to why he showed up at the station, homicide (investigators have) to question him to find out," Smith said.
Despite still having four bullets lodged in his body Thursday, Clopton is expected to survive, Harris County Precinct 7 Constable May Walker said.
"He's in critical care, but he's doing well," she said. "It's going to be a long recovery, but we think he's going to be OK."
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