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Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Killed While Searching for Suspect, Identified as 28-Year-Old Fernando Esqueda

Investigators believe the incident started when the suspect became upset over a pizza order.

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A sheriff’s deputy identified as 28-year-old Fernando Esqueda was fatally shot in an ambush in northeast Harris County near Tidwell and Beltway 8 on Italian Cypress Trail, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Investigators believe the incident started when the suspect became upset over a pizza order.

A manhunt is underway in the Houston area for the individual responsible for ambushing and killing Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Fernando Esqueda, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed.

Esqueda, 28, was a five-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and a member of a task force that tracks down child rapists, homicide suspects, and other violent offenders.

“We mourn the loss of Deputy Fernando Esqueda, who tragically passed away after being shot while protecting our community,” Sheriff Gonzalez said.

“He was dedicated to protecting and serving the residents of Harris County. We pray with Deputy Esqueda’s family, friends, and colleagues during this incredibly difficult time. Deputy Esqueda’s commitment to duty and his sacrifice will always be remembered.”

Esqueda was fatally shot while investigating an armed robbery at a Little Caesars Pizza.

The deputy reportedly located the suspect vehicle, but the suspect was not present.

While Esqueda was reporting the situation to dispatch, he was ambushed and fatally shot.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.