Five of Houstons finest were injured and two suspects killed in a Monday afternoon shooting. Three officers remain hospitalized but all the officers are in stable condition according to a statement made by Houston’s Police Cheif Art Acevedo.
At approximately 5 p.m. shots rang out on the 7800 block of Harding Street in southeastern Houston. According to Cheif Acevedo, 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59year-old Dennis Tuttle were killed after they attacked Houston officers as they attempted to serve a warrant. According to Acevedo, Nicholas was shot while trying to take a weapon away from a wounded officer who had fallen on the couch located on the inside of the home.
Acevedo went on to state that about a dozen narcotic officers who were following a tip from a neighbor about possible drug sales were serving a search warrant. The narcotic officers were backed up by a half-dozen patrol officers. As the front door was breached by officers, a pit bull was the first to attack officers. The officers then came under fire from one or two people inside the home that were armed with semiautomatic weapons. The animal was killed as officers returned fire inside the home.
Four of the officers were struck by gunfire and a fifth officer suffered a knee injury.
The officers injured, the 54-year-old leader of the team had been shot three previous times in a career spanning 32-years. Another officer, a 50-year-old who was shot in the face, was expected to be released from the hospital soon, along with another 50-year-old officer who hurt his knee. A fourth officer is still hospitalized but has asked the police to keep his condition confidential.
Avecedo stated that the officer has a fight in fronty of him. He is stable but he is need of prayers Avecedo said.
Two of the officers were taken to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center by helicopter and three by ambulance. One of the officers, who was shot in the shoulder, was released Monday night.
The officers were all praised by Mayor Sylvester Turner who commended the officers, firefighters, and paramedics who rushed all those involved to the hospital.
“This has been a tough day for our city, but I certainly want to encourage all Houstonians to pray for all of our police officers” and their families, Turner said.
There were several helicopters that landed in a nearby parking lot that transported the wounded to hospitals. A several block radius around the scene was blocked off, and police officers advised residents in the neighborhood to avoid the area. Special agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives responded to assist Houston police, and Harris County deputies were helping secure the area.
“This evening’s horrific attack on police officers is a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice our brave men and woman in law enforcement make every day to keep us safe,” Oklahoma Govenor Greg Abbot said in a statement.
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