- At least four police officers were shot while on duty in Houston on Monday. A fifth officer was injured.
- The officers had been serving a narcotics warrant when the gunfire erupted .
- Two suspects were reportedly killed.
Four officers were shot as they served a search warrant at 4:15 p.m. on Monday in the Southeast Houston district of Houston, according to Houston Police Department chief Art Acevedo. A fifth officer was injured in the incident.
The officers were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital to be treated, according to Houston Police Officers’ Union president Joe Gamaldi and the Houston Police Department.
Two officers from the Narcotics Division were in critical condition, including one who was shot in the face, according to The Houston Chronicle. One had to be airlifted to the hospital.
The remaining two officers who were shot are in critical but stable condition.
Two suspects were killed in the incident, Acevedo told reporters on Monday night.
Houston police initially obtained a warrant after undercover officers operated in the area, Acevedo said. The police chief said the residence where officers served the search warrant dealt with a multitude of narcotics, including black-tar heroin.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott responded to the shooting, saying in a statement: “This evening’s horrific attack on police officer is a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day to keep us safe.”
Other law-enforcement departments offered condolences to the affected police officers. At least nine law-enforcement officers have died in the line of duty in January, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
“Our hearts go out to the officers and their families in Houston,” the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. “We now stand with the rest of the world hoping for the best possible outcome.”
Gamaldi offered his condolences to the victims and condemned the violence against police officers.
“We are sick and tired of having targets on our back,” Gamaldi said during a press conference. “Enough is enough.”
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