HOUSTON, TX – On Monday, five Houston police officers were injured in a gun battle with suspected drug dealers. According to authorities, the incident occurred while they tried to execute a drug-related search warrant. This took place in a neighborhood in southeast Houston. As a result, four of the officers received gunshot wounds.
Officers returned fire and shot and killed two suspects during the event. Apparently, more than twelve officers arrived at the home to investigate. This occurred after a neighbor reported the sale of narcotics at the address. Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, explained this to reporters. He claimed that as soon as the officers reached the door, suspects inside the house opened fire.
After the attack, two officers faced critical injuries. However, reports say they were in stable condition. They expect that the other two wounded officers should make a full recovery. Although, they are hospitalized for observation. The fifth wounded officer suffered an injury to the knee, not due to a gunshot. While he did not release the names of the officers, he said that emergency personnel transported them to Memorial Hermann Hospital, Medical Center and Ben Taub General Hospital.
Praying for the Officers and the City
Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, commended the officers and first responders at a news conference. He said: “That has been a tough day for our city, but I want to encourage all Houstonians to pray for our police officers.”
Then, Governor Greg Abbott made a statement. Abbott said that the state plans to use any resources necessary to continue the investigation. In addition, he said: “This evening’s horrific attack on police officers is a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day to keep us safe.”
Also, the president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, Joe Gamaldi spoke at a news conference about the incident. He said: “We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. When all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect these families.”