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Two Houston Police Officers Injured In Shooting; Suspect Is Still At Large

One of the officers is in critical condition at Memorial Hermann.

Neighborhood sealed off in the Beltway 8 area near Airline as officers look for police shooting suspect.

(Update 4:26 p.m.)

Two Houston police officers have been injured in a shooting in Southwest Houston, one of them remains in critical condition.

Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said that the shooting happened at a residence on Sterlingame near US 59 South and the Sam Houston Tollway. The officers were responding to a call.

Acevedo identified the two injured HPD officers as Ronnie Cortez, in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital, and José Muñoz, who sustains non-threatening injuries at Ben Taub Hospital.

Speaking with the press at the Texas Medical Center, Acevedo explained that the two police officers were shot by a male Hispanic suspect, of unknown age and unknown identity, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A woman in the neighborhood at the time officers were shot says it “sounded like fireworks”.

Acevedo confirmed that there is a second suspect at large, who the HPD believes to still be in the area, as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had previously announced at a different press conference.

The Police Chief apologized to neighbors in that area for any inconvenience that the Police search may be causing, as officers keep searching for the second suspect. Addressing the suspect in Spanish, Acevedo asked him to come out of hiding and surrender, and he even asked the suspect’s relatives to help find him.

In the afternoon, the manhunt continued for the suspect in the Southwest Houston area but Constable deputies were seen leaving the scene of police shootings while Department of Public Safety’s troopers were moving in.

3:40 p.m. dozens of police cars and civilian vehicles could be seen leaving the area of the shelter. Shortly afterwards HISD sent out a tweet saying that their schools were being lifted from lockdown and their students were being dismissed.

Just before 4 p.m. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that he had given the all clear and lifted the shelter in place, allowing residents to return to the neighborhood.

Police are still looking for the second suspect, and encourage the public to contact the police if they see anything suspicious.

 

With information by Gail Delaughter

 

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