HOUSTON, Texas — Five Houston police officers were shot Monday, according to the city’s Chief of Police, Art Acevedo.
The shooting happened in a residential neighborhood. Chief Art Acevedo says the suspects were killed after firing at officers serving a search warrant at a southeast Houston home where authorities allege black tar heroin was being sold.
Acevado tweeted about the shooting at 4:10 p.m., asking for prayers for the wounded officers.
KTRK Eyewitness News reports that two suspects were killed at the scene.
Houston station KHOU reports that one officer was taken to the hospital by Life Flight; the others were transported by ambulance.
Four of the officers were shot and a fifth suffered a knee injury.
Acevedo says two of the officers who were shot were hit in the neck by gunfire and are in critical but stable condition.
The other three officers are in stable condition and are expected to make a full recovery.
Acevedo didn’t immediately have additional information about the suspects.
Acevedo says the officers came under fire just after forcing open the home’s front door.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged any state resources needed for Houston police “to bring swift justice to those involved” in the shooting of five Houston police officers.
The five were shot and wounded during an encounter with a suspect Monday afternoon in a southeast Houston neighborhood. All five were taken to a Houston hospital but their conditions haven’t been released.
In a statement, Abbott called the attack “horrific” and “a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice” law enforcement officers make daily.
Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that one suspect “is down.” Aerial video showed police tactical squad resources have been deployed outside the house where the shooting happened.
Colorado law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting Monday afternoon.
Aurora Police tweeted that they are “sending prayers to our brothers and sisters at Houston police”
Colorado Springs police shared a similar sentiment, posting that they are “keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers! Hoping for the best!”
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