Five Houston police officers were wounded in a shooting at a suspected drug house Monday, Houston Police Department officials said.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed in a news conference Monday night that five officers had been injured in southeast Houston and taken to a hospital. Four of the officers were shot, and a fifth was hurt in the crossfire, Acevedo said. Two officers are in critical condition, and three are reported to be in stable condition.
Acevedo said the officers were serving a narcotics search warrant at a home they believed was the site of black tar heroin dealing when they were fired upon. Two drug suspects were killed inside the house. Acevedo said he didn’t have details yet on the people inside the home but that the incident was over and the scene had been secured by police.
“This has been a tough day for our city,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters, adding that Houston will “not tolerate any drug activity or drug traffickers.”
Acevedo declined to release the injured officers’ names and asked the media to refrain from naming them as well.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement asking all Texans to pray for the wounded police officers.
“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,” the statement read. “The city of Houston and the Houston Police Department will have whatever state resources they need to bring swift justice to those involved.”
Others in Texas, including Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and the Houston Astros baseball team, also called for prayers and expressed concerns for the officers.