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Pct. 4: Deputy Shooting Suspect Confessed Multiple Crimes

HARRIS COUNTY, TX- On Friday, Deputy Deteryon Fontonet with Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Special Operations Unit spotted a vehicle connected with multiple recent robberies and thefts at area Academy retail stores. Deputy Fontonet initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect refused to comply, and a pursuit began, but ended soon after, when the suspect finally stopped in the 5300 block of Slashwood Drive.

Already aware the driver was likely the armed robbery suspect associated with the vehicle that failed to stop, fleeing instead, Deputy Fontonet treated the situation as a felony stop. The driver, 23-year-old Danthony Simms-Coleman, exited his vehicle defiantly brandishing his AR 15. The suspect refused the Deputy’s commands, and opened fire, striking Deputy Fontonet and his patrol car. The wounded Deputy returned fire as he took cover.

Multiple Precinct 4 backup units arrived, attended to Deputy Fontonet and captured Simms-Coleman. Medics transported Deputy Fontonet to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries to his face. He was later released to go home. The Deputy has bullet fragments in three locations, and doctors plan address that issue at a later time.  Considering Precinct 4 says the patrol car had 16 bullet holes, only dealing with some shrapnel is extremely fortunate.

Once in custody, Precinct 4 says Simms-Coleman made a full confession regarding the armed robberies and the shooting of Deputy Fontonet.

“Danthony Simms-Coleman was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail, charged with first-degree felony Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant. Additional charges for Robbery and Theft are pending investigation. His court and bond information are not available at this time,” Constable Mark Herman said.

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