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Houston Police: Officer Is Shot After Suspects Beat Priest

Police Chief Art Acevedo Acevedo denounces politicians who may look to offer their sympathies while doing little legislatively to keep firearms from dangerous criminals.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Police in Houston say an officer is in surgery after being shot by one of four men who allegedly stole a car at gunpoint and later beat up a priest.

At an emotional news conference Friday, Police Chief Art Acevedo asked people to pray for the unidentified 29-year-old officer, who he said is in guarded condition.

He said one of the suspects was shot and killed in the exchange of fire, two other men were in custody and police were searching for the fourth.

Acevedo said the chaotic evening of violence began at about 9:56 p.m. Thursday with the carjacking, but the vehicle soon ran out of gas and the suspects fled.

Police believe the men then assaulted a priest and stole his cell phone. The firefight took place about 15 minutes later.

Acevedo angrily denounced politicians who may look to offer their sympathy to the officer while doing little legislatively to keep firearms from dangerous criminals. He said he didn’t want to hear from politicians “about how much they care about my cop.”

“If they’re not here to talk to us about solutions then don’t bother showing up to the Houston Police Department,” Acevedo added.

With Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at his side, the police chief thanked the Democratic mayor for his gun-control efforts and also praised Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who recently expressed support for background checks following two mass shootings in the state.

You can watch Chief Acevedo’s news conference here:

 

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