Houston police say five officers struck in shooting, taken to hospital

Officers in critical and stable condition following Houston shooting

Five police officers were hurt Monday, Jan. 28 while trying to serve a search warrant at a suspected drug house in Houston.

Four of the officers were shot and a fifth suffered a knee injury.

Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Office's Union, tweeted that the officers were en route to hospitals, with at least one being transported by helicopter. The narcotics officers announced themselves as they breached the front door shortly before 5 p.m.

The shooting happened late on Monday afternoon in the 7800 block of Harding in the southeast of the city.

It was not immediately known how many officers returned fire but the two suspects were later found dead after SWAT officers used two robots to go into the home and determine that it was safe to enter after the gunfire stopped.

In a statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said: "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". Houston police later confirmed on Twitter that one suspect was dead.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the shooting a "horrific attack on police officers" in a statement.

Two of the officers were shot in the neck and were undergoing surgery, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters, adding that they were in critical but stable condition.

"Please avoid the area and yield for emergency vehicles", police tweeted.

The officers were in the process of serving a warrant at the time of the shooting, according to Fox 26. "Further updates will be provided as available", they wrote in the early evening hours. "I am asking for your prayers for them".

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