Four Houston police officers remain hospitalized after a shooting on Monday in southeast Houston. Two suspects are dead after they opened fire on the officers while they were delivering a drug-related warrant.
HPOU president, Joe Gamaldi, initially tweeted Monday that two officers had been killed, while three were injured. According to NBC DFW, the report has been corrected to reflect none of the officers were killed. However, two of the officers were critically injured after the suspects shot them in the neck.
HPD Chief Art Acevedo tweeted that the two officers underwent surgery and are now in recovery. The other three officers were injured but stable. Two of those officers were shot and remain hospitalized for observation, while another officer was shot in the shoulder, but released from the hospital Monday night.
A suspect is dead at the scene of a shooting in Houston that injured five officers, police say. https://t.co/vj4TPt1xMC
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 29, 2019
Acevedo said one of the officers had previously been injured in the line of duty.
“This man was 54 years old, was the case agent, and was on the front lines. If that doesn’t tell you about the heart of the men and women that we have, I don’t know what will.”
The incident occurred when narcotics officers attempted to enter a home city’s southeast side, at 7700 Harding, where heroin was reportedly being sold. As the officers opened the door, the suspects began shooting.
“Once the officers breached the door and the gunfire began from the suspects, one of the suspects actually retreated momentarily to the back of the room and then that suspect came back and again engaged the officers in gunfire,” Acevedo said.
SWAT officers exchanged gunfire afterward, killing two suspects, whose names are not yet know. The officer then sent two robots into the home, to determine whether there were any others inside.
“This has been a tough day for our city,” Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, said. “Pray for (the injured officers) and pray for their families.”
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