The deputy constable was identified as Alden Clopton, an 11-year veteran of the force who is married and has children, Lt. Holland Jones of the Harris County Precinct 7 Constable’s Office said. Clopton was in surgery Thursday morning with wounds to the abdomen and a bullet lodged near his heart, said Pamela Greenwood, also with Precinct 7.

“So right now, we’re not really sure of his condition,” a police spokesman said.

Earlier, a Harris County constable’s office spokeswoman had said the deputy constable was expected to survive.

“It was completely unprovoked,” the spokeswoman, Pamela Greenwood said.

Authorities were questioning a man who showed up at a fire station after the shooting and matched the description of the suspect. Smith said the person had not been arrested or charged, but also said authorities were not currently looking for anyone else in the shooting.

The shooting occured at about 11:20 p.m. local time Wednesday after a female reserve deputy constable made a traffic stop and called the male deputy constable to assist. The vehicle that was pulled over was cleared and left and the male deputy constable was standing outside the window of the female’s vehicle when he was shot. The female deputy constable got out and shot back, but it was unknown if she hit the suspect, who then fled, Smith said.

KTRK reported that the injured deputy constable was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot.

Smith said the man being questioned at the fire station was not injured. He also added that he did not believe the shooting was related to the traffic stop.

Asked if authorities believed the shooter was targeting law enforcement, Smith noted that both deputy constables were in uniform and had marked vehicles.

“I can’t see how someone can mistake them for someone other than law enforcement,” Smith said.

The officer was extremely lucky he was wearing his bullet proof vest and will likely make a full recovery. Hopefully authorities will be able to capture this thug quickly before he can attack another officer!

Please send your thoughts and prayers to Alden Clopton and his entire family!