Four Houston police officers were shot Monday afternoon and a fifth was injured while executing a search warrant on a suspected drug house on the city’s southeast side, authorities said.
Two suspects inside the home were shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers, police said.
Two officers were in critical but stable condition after the shooting, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. Two others were in stable condition and a fifth person with a knee injury was treated and released.
Update 11:35 a.m. EST Jan. 29: Acevedo said Tuesday that officers were met by a pit bull and a hail of gunfire Monday afternoon as they attempted to serve a drug warrant at a home in Houston's Pecan Park neighborhood.
Four officers were shot in the attack and one other suffered an injury to his knee.
Hospital officials said Tuesday that two officers remained in critical condition Tuesday after suffering gunshot wounds to their faces. Two others were in stable condition, including one officer who was shot in the shoulder and released from the hospital on Monday night, officials said.
The officers, who Acevedo said were all narcotics investigators, were shot by two suspected drug dealers identified as Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58.
BREAKING: Suspects who fired at @houstonpolice officers: Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas #KHOU11 #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/7Z0h2MKBnb— Marcelino Benito (@MarcelinoKHOU) January 29, 2019
Acevedo urged politicians to address gun violence Tuesday and expressed frustration over the common refrain of “hopes and prayers.”
“We don’t elect people to pray for us. We elect people to lead for us,” he said. “Quite frankly, we’ve got a community that prays for us.”
Update 11:15 a.m. EST Jan. 29: Officials said Tuesday that the officers injured in Monday's shooting were all undercover narcotics investigators.
Three officers were in stable condition Tuesday, Acevedo said. Authorities did not provide an update on the condition of the fourth injured officer.
Chief @artacevedo gives update @memorialhermann hospital on injured officers https://t.co/G6KlXx42Bw— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 29, 2019
Update 10 a.m. EST Jan. 29: Police are expected to provide additional information on the incident at a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. local time Tuesday.
At 10am today, Police Chief @ArtAcevedo will provide updates on our officers recovering from gunshot wounds. The media briefing will be at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. Media should meet outside the ER entrance at 9:30am to be escorted inside. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 29, 2019
Update 10:35 p.m. EST Jan. 28: "This has been a tough day for our city," Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a press conference Monday night outside Memorial Hermann Hospital where the injured officers were taken.
Acevedo said the unidentified suspects inside the home opened fire after officers identified themselves at the front door Monday around 4:15 pm local time.
Four of the injured officers are veterans in their 50’s and a fifth is 33-years-old. Acevedo did not release the names of the injured officers.
Acevedo also confirmed the two seriously injured officers were shot in the neck and that both were undergoing surgery Monday night.
Chief: the two officer who are critical were both shot in the neck area. #khou11— Brett Buffington (@BrettKHOU) January 29, 2019
Original story: Houston Police Union President Joe Gamaldi confirmed the officers were hit by gunfire.
“We currently have 5 officers shot, all on their way to the hospital. One is being life flighted,” he said in a post on Twitter.
We currently have 5 officers shot, all on their way to the hospital. One is being life flighted. On the way to the hospital, will update when I can.— Joe Gamaldi (@JoeGamaldi) January 28, 2019
Please keep all the officers in your prayers!
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked for prayers for the officers.
We have had several officers shot please pray for officers on the way to the scene now more information to follow.— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) January 28, 2019
The shooting happened in a neighborhood in southeast Houston Monday afternoon, but the details are still unknown, according to KTRK-TV.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot issued a statement on the shooting calling it a “horrific attack” and pledging “whatever state resources they need to bring swift justice to those involved.”
Statement On Houston Police Shooting: https://t.co/PYc4qmVDeN pic.twitter.com/EC3jIrAxX3— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) January 29, 2019
All the wounded officers were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, according to KIII-TV.
Two of the wounded are listed in critical condition, KIII reported, with gunshot wounds to the face, leg and shoulder. The three other officers are in stable condition.
3 of our officers are currently stable, 2 are still critical please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.— Joe Gamaldi (@JoeGamaldi) January 29, 2019
Please no names on social media at this time.
Law enforcement sources tell me of the five officers shot, two are critical. I’ve just learned one officer was shot in the leg, one in shoulder, and one in the face. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/ZxmzbwQCtx— Brett Buffington (@BrettKHOU) January 29, 2019
Police went to a house in southeast Houston Monday afternoon to serve a warrant, but it’s still unclear what the warrant was for.
Two suspects at the scene were killed and authorities are searching for a third, according to local news reports.
A neighbor told KIII she heard about 15 shots.
"I heard gunshots, I saw officers down."
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