HOUSTON — Authorities say a deputy constable with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office was shot six times in the legs, but is expected to survive.

A sheriff’s office spokesman tells KPRC 2 that Constable Justin Gay had been responding to a reported domestic dispute at the suspect’s mother’s home Sunday night. Constantine Argyriou ran into a field when Gay arrived. Officials say Gay used a stun gun on the suspect, who then pulled out a gun and shot the deputy.

KHOU reports that 38-year-old Argyrion has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault of a police officer.

Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman says Gay was taken to the hospital and will require several surgeries. Gay has been with the sheriff’s office for two years.

This story has been updated to remove any reference that the officer’s gun was used by the suspect, as was originally reported by the sheriff’s office.

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