HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The man arrested in the shooting a deputy constable made his first appearance in court. While Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Justin Gay was in surgery for hours, the man who investigators say opened fire on the peace officer, limped into court after he was injured by a K-9 officer.
Constantine Argyrion is charged with attempted capital murder.
Deputies are still searching for the gun used to shoot Deputy Constable Gay. Investigators say Argyrion opened fire on Deputy Gay, wounding him six times at point blank range.
“When you’re shot that many times at that close range, I can tell you, the man upstairs was looking out for Deputy Gay,” says Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman.
The young deputy constable had been responding to a domestic disturbance at a northwest Harris County home after a woman had contacted 911 about her adult son. Neighbors say Argyrion’s parents were fed up with the 38-year-old man who lived with them but didn’t work.
After Argyrion’s father died, neighbors say the mother finally put her son out of the house on Sunday and he didn’t take that well.
Constable Herman says Argyrion struggled with the deputy and was even subdued with a stun device.
“At which time, the suspect spun over with a gun in hand and just started firing,” explains Constable Herman.
The deputy constable was shot in the legs and groin. Fellow law enforcement officers soon arrived.
“They ended up tying tourniquets around his legs to stop the bleeding, probably saved his life,” adds Constable Herman.
Deputy Constable Gay was taken by Life Flight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in stable condition.
Argyrion was captured within an hour of the reported shooting.
“Actually, one of the sheriff’s office canines found the suspect behind the church," describes Constable Herman. "He engaged the canine and the canine won, bit him pretty well. We had to take the suspect to the hospital.”
Constable Herman says domestic disturbance calls are among the most dangerous.
“Policing has changed so much in the last ten years," suggests Constable Herman. "You rarely heard about people running from the police, fighting the police, shooting the police. We have it almost every day out here.”
Argyrion was also in trouble back in 1999 when he was charged with drug possession. Deputy Constable Gay is expected to undergo several surgeries in the next couple of months. Both of his kneecaps were shattered by bullets. He's only been on the force for two years and he was recently married.