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Law enforcement officials from around the country attend the funeral service for Deputy Neil Adams. Courtesy photoLaw enforcement officials from around the country attend the funeral service for Deputy Neil Adams. Courtesy photo

Special to the News-Times

CLEVELAND — Sadness pervades residents of San Jacinto County after the loss of one of their own law enforcement heroes. 

The aftermath of the shooting death of Deputy Neil Adams has brought together members of the law enforcement community from as far away as New York City and Chicago.

Adams was buried with full honors on Thursday.

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said he reached out to The Brotherhood of the Fallen, a law enforcement association dedicated to supporting the families of fallen officers and they quickly responded with their efforts resulting in hundreds of law enforcement professionals participating in the ceremony.

Other Texas notables in attendance included Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas House Rep. Ernest Bailes, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, and Morgan Luttrell Republican Congressional nominee to replace retiring Kevin Brady, , just to name a few.

On Feb. 23, 2022, Adams was killed during a fight with a suspect at a Houston shopping mall over a credit card dispute. 

During the altercation, the suspect grabbed Adams’ service weapon and shot Adams, who tragically died at the scene. 

Shortly after the shooting, three members of the Houston Police Department arrived and confronted the suspect, who, while armed armed with a knife, attempted to assault those officer officers. Those officers opened fire, injuring the suspect. 

The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he subsequently died of his wounds. 

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