Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says four officers were shot and a fifth was hurt, not by gunfire, while trying to serve a search warrant for narcotics. Two suspects are dead. USA TODAY
Five Houston police officers were wounded in a shooting Monday while serving a search warrant for narcotics.
Suspects opened fire as soon as officers breached the door at a residence in southeast Houston, Police Chief Art Acevedo said at an evening press conference. Two suspects died at the scene from police gunfire, but Acevedo said police do not know how many suspects shot at police.
About a dozen narcotics officers and six patrol officers, Acevedo said, were at the scene to serve the warrant and provide support to investigate the sale of black tar heroin. Officers breached the front door just before 5 p.m. local time while announcing themselves and hitting the siren and lights on a patrol car.
Four officers were struck by semi-automatic pistol fire and another officer was injured in the knee but not by gunfire, officials said. Two officers were in critical but stable condition and undergoing surgery Monday night, Acevedo said. One officer with a shoulder wound was released late Monday, the department tweeted. The two other officers are expected to fully recover, but remained in the hospital on Monday night.
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