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Authorities in Houston have assembled SWAT teams to apprehend a suspect who apparently shot and killed a deputy sheriff in an ambush.

HOUSTON – A Houston-area sheriff's deputy was shot in an apparent ambush while searching for a man who had struck a pizza parlor employee with a gun, authorities said Thursday.

Harris County Sheriff's officials responded to a report of an assault on an employee at a Little Caesars Pizza in the Houston area shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, Chief Deputy Mike Lee said at a news conference.

A customer who went to pick up a pizza he had ordered became angry because the order was wrong, hit the clerk with a gun and fled, Lee said.

While officers were searching for the customer's vehicle, one officer told others he had found it and was communicating with another officer when he was apparently ambushed, Lee said. When others arrived, they found the officer shot multiple times and took him to the hospital, where he died, he said.

Lee did not name the deputy, but said he is a member of an elite anti-violence task force and has been with the sheriff's office for about five years.

“He was very good at his job and very well respected,” Lee said.

Authorities believe they have a rough idea of ​​who the suspect is and have deployed SWAT teams at two locations, Lee said, expressing confidence that he will be taken into custody “in a timely manner.”

“If the suspect happens to see this, he must do the right thing and turn himself in,” Lee said.

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