Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)
Incident Date: 7/5/2005
Reserve Constable Nehemiah Pickens was shot and killed by a Harris County Sheriff's Department deputy when he was mistaken for an armed subject during a foot pursuit.
Deputies from the county's sheriff's department had chased a vehicle to an apartment complex where Reserve Constable Pickens was working a second job as a plainclothes security guard.
When Reserve Constable Pickens observed the suspect flee from his vehicle on foot, he immediately drew his weapon and began to pursue the suspect. One of the deputies observed Reserve Constable Pickens chasing the suspect and, not knowing he was a law enforcement officer, ordered him to drop his weapon. The deputy sheriff then opened fired when Reserve Constable Pickens did not drop his weapon, striking him four times.
The suspect who was being chased continued to flee but was arrested a short time later. He was not charged in connection with the shooting of Reserve Deputy Pickens, but was charged with several crimes in connection with the original pursuit.
Reserve Deputy Constable Pickens had served with the Harris County Constable's Office - Precinct 6 for 4 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and stepdaughter.