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Video Shows Suspect Ronnie Palmer Not Found After SWAT Raids House

There is an active search for Palmer.



In a tragic loss, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office mourns one of their undercover deputies killed during a response to an aggravated assault call.

The incident occurred shortly before 10:15 p.m. Wednesday night at a Little Caesars on Wallisville Rd. in northeast Harris County.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect, later identified as 44-year-old Ronnie Palmer, had become irate over an incorrect pizza order at the restaurant.

According to reports, Palmer verbally abused an employee before brandishing a firearm and using it to strike the employee.

He then fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) detectives confirmed they possess surveillance footage of the incident at Little Caesars.

Later, a 28-year-old undercover deputy, Fernando Esqueda, located Palmer’s car on Italian Cypress Trail.

While details are unclear, investigators believe Deputy Esqueda might have had radio communication problems.

They add he was on the phone with another deputy when the ambush occurred.

Upon arrival, responding officers found Deputy Esqueda’s patrol car riddled with bullets and the officer himself suffering from gunshot wounds.

They transported him to LBJ Hospital where he tragically succumbed to his injuries. Deputy Esqueda, a five-year veteran with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, served on the Violent Persons Task Force.

While a manhunt is underway for the suspect, identified as Ronnie Palmer, authorities have not yet released his full description.

However, they believe they have located him based on witness reports and are deploying SWAT teams to two locations.