5 police officers shot in southeast Houston; 2 suspects dead

The police officers were struck with gunfire following an encounter with a suspect

SIMON MAUDE STUFFThe police officers were struck with gunfire following an encounter with a suspect

The Houston Police Department confirms at least five of its officers were shot Monday afternoon in the southeastern part of the city "following an encounter with a suspect", per USA Today.

A group of about a dozen officers with the Houston Police Department's narcotics unit were attempting to serve the warrant when they forced open the home's front door and immediately faced gunfire from one or two individuals, said Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, said one of the injured officers was transported by helicopter to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown. The three remaining wounded officers are reportedly in stable condition. "One is being life flighted". Two drug suspects were killed inside the house.

"I heard gunshots, I saw officers down", the woman told KHOU 11 News. Images from the robots showed two suspects had been struck by return gunfire from police.

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Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement asking for prayers for the officers.

UPDATE 6:00 p.m.: Houston police officials tweeted that five officers have been shot and transported to local hospitals.

'This evening's horrific attack on police officers is a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice our courageous men and women in law enforcement make every day to keep us safe, ' Abbott said.

Gamaldi had also tweeted about the multiple officers wounded.

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My thoughts and prayers are with the wounded officers and the members of the Houston Police Department on this awful day.

The suspect ran down the street before police were able to take him into custody and transport him to a hospital.

First responders on the scene in Houston where multiple police officers were shot, January 28, 2019, in Houston.

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