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Two men charged with fatally shooting off-duty Texas Congressman Darren Almendarez


Two men have been charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Texas congressman who was shot after leaving a grocery store Thursday night and a third man is wanted, authorities said Friday.

Joshua Stewart, 23, and Fredarius Clark, 19, are both charged with capital murder in connection with the death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez.

The deputy had just exited a Joe V smart shop with his wife when he saw a Nissan Altima backed up against his truck and two men under the truck, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Maybe a catalytic converter that was stolen,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a Thursday night news conference. “We are not sure. These details are still under review. But he intervened. He intervened to try to stop a crime.

Almendarez, 51, told his wife to go to a safe place and he approached the suspect vehicle, which then had three people inside, authorities said.

As he walked, he was shot and beaten several times. The deputy managed to fight back and shot at least two suspects,

They then fled the parking lot. Almendarez was taken to hospital where he later died.

Stewart and Clark arrived at the hospital in the suspect vehicle shortly after with gunshot wounds, authorities said. A third man described as between 17 and 19 is wanted by investigators for questioning.

Joshua Stewart (right) and Fredarius Clark (right) are charged with capital murder in the death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Almendarez.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Two men charged with fatally shooting off-duty Texas Congressman Darren Almendarez
Law enforcement is investigating the scene where Harris County Sheriff Darren Almendarez was killed on March 31, 2022 in Houston.
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Almendarez, a 23-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who was recently assigned to the auto theft division, was remembered Thursday night as a “fighter.” He was recently the subject of a spotlight video from a sheriff’s office where he offered steps to avoid buying a stolen vehicle and other tips.

At the time of his death, he had bought groceries and was planning to have a barbecue to celebrate his sister’s birthday on Friday, Gonzalez said.



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