Acevedo Releases Search Warrant Related To HPD Operation That Ended Up In Shootout

The house at 7815 Harding Street had been under investigation for about two weeks.

The house where four police officers were shot on January 28, 2019 while serving a search warrant.

The HPD officers who were wounded in a shootout in a Southeast Houston house this past Monday were looking for heroin, according to their search warrant, which chief Art Acevedo made public Wednesday through his Twitter account.

Acevedo noted he decided to release the document because media and community members had asked for it and he was being consistent with HPD’s “commitment to transparency.”

The affidavit for search and arrest warrant submitted by an officer with HPD's Narcotics Division identified the location where the search would have to be conducted as the house located at 7815 Harding Street. The affidavit detailed the suspect was a white male approximately 55 years old.

The affidavit also noted the house had been under investigation for about two weeks because HPD had received information the suspect was selling narcotics. A confidential informant was sent to purchase heroin from the suspect on Sunday, January 27.

The informant did purchase heroin and told police officers the suspect had more heroin at the house. The informant also reported the suspect had a weapon which appeared to be a 9 millimeter semiautomatic handgun.

Acevedo said Tuesday that investigators found marijuana in the house, along with a "white powdery substance" that the HPD chief said could be cocaine or fentanyl. Additionally, several firearms were recovered: two 12-gauge shotguns; a 20-gauge shotgun; a 22 caliber rifle and a Remington 700 rifle.

The search warrant, which was issued on January 28, instructed the officers to search for and seize heroin.

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