By Janon Fisher PoliceOne Correspondent (HARRIS COUNTY, Texas) -- Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing a rookie deputy early yesterday, just one week before he would have started solo patrols.
Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Barrett Hill, 38, was shot in the face following a foot chase after a suspected carjacker. Hall is the second Harris County Deputy killed in the line of duty this year.
At about 6:30 a.m. yesterday, Hill and his training officer were investigating a call of a car theft in progress at the Glen Oaks apartment complex in the 900 block of Dunson Glen.
The deputies became separated after the two suspects fled on foot into a wooded area.
Hill radioed his training officer a short time later to say that he had a suspect in custody. The training officer reported that he then heard a gun shot and radio contact was broken with Hill.
Hill was found shot in the face with his handcuffs out and his gun holstered.
Police said the suspect then ran to the Sun Prairie apartment complex where he carjacked a woman and fled in her brown Acura Legend.
Robert Will, 22, was arrested three hours later when he was seen driving in the stolen car by a Washington County sheriff's deputy. After a brief struggle during which the suspect reportedly shot himself in the hand.
Will was treated at Ben Taub, Houston's public hospital, and then charged with capital murder. There was no bond set.
Sheriff's Maj. Juan Jorge told PoliceOne.com that it was too early to determine if the prosecutor would seek the death penalty, but he added, "My hunch is that he would."
Deputies also arrested Allan Michael Rosario, 22, and charged him with two counts of auto theft.
Hill worked for 3 1/2 years as a jailer before he started training to become a deputy. He was on the last week of a three week probationary period that is mandatory for all trainees.
Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas told the Houston Chronicle, "These are trying times. It's dangerous out there. It's hard on the entire department. We haven't gotten over the death of Deputy Risley yet."
Deputy J.C. Risley was shot in the line of duty on Oct. 23 after he responded to a call of a 70-year-old man threatening neighbors with a shotgun.
Hill is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages eight and 18.
Those wishing to contribute to a memorial fund for the family should make checks payable to The 100 Club Survivors fund of Houston, 2603 Augusta Drive, Suite 840, Houston, TX 77057 or call (713) 952-0100 for details. Funeral arrangements are being made this afternoon.