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UPDATE: 4 Police Officers Shot During Shooting In Southeast Houston While Serving Warrant

The officers were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. As of Monday night, two of them were critical but stable, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo.

The Pecan Park house where four police officers were shot Monday while serving a search warrant.

Five police officers were wounded, four of them by gunfire, Monday afternoon and two suspects died during a shooting in Southeast Houston.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. at the 7800 block of Harding Street when a group of HPD officers was serving a search warrant, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo.

Acevedo said that, overall, about 12 officers from the Narcotics Division and about six patrol officers from the East Side Division were participating in the operation.

Immediately upon breaching the door of the house, the officers were met with gunfire from one or two suspects who were inside.

Acevedo detailed that one of the suspects retreated to the back of the house and then re-engaged the officers. Ultimately, the two suspects died in the shooting. Speaking in Spanish, the HPD Chief said he believes the suspects were Hispanic.

Of the five officers wounded, four were struck by gunfire. The fifth officer sustained a knee injury.

Upon breaching the door of the house, the officers were met with gunfire from one or two suspects who were inside.

The injured officers were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and, as of Monday night, two of them were critical but stable.

Acevedo declined to provide the names of the officers, but gave their ages and rank. One of them is a 50 year-old sergeant who has been with HPD since 1991. Another is also 50 years-old and has been with the police department since 1993.

Another injured officer is a 54 year-old senior police officer who has been with HPD since 1984. Acevedo noted that officer was the case agent in the operation and has been shot in the past.

“When most people would call it a day after being shot and surviving, this man is 54 years-old, he’s the case agent on this case and he was there in the front lines. So, if that doesn’t tell you about their heart of the men and women we have the privilege to lead, I don’t know what will,” the HPD Chief underscored.

The fourth officer who was struck by gunfire is 33 years-old.

Acevedo said that, according to the investigation, black tar heroin was being sold at the house where the search warrant was to be conducted.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner stood by the HPD Chief as he briefed local media and underlined “this has been a tough day for our city.” He also said Texas Governor Greg Abbott called him to express his support.

Abbott described the shooting as a “horrific attack” via his Twitter account.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement saying the shooting should “serve as a reminder of the courage with which law enforcement officials serve each day.”

You can watch Chief Acevedo’s media briefing here:

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Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz is originally from Spain. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast news and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master's degree...

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