Four Houston police officers have been shot and another injured while serving a search warrant at a home where heroin was believed to be sold.
Police chief Art Acevedo confirmed two suspects were killed at the scene in southeast Houston during a shootout between the gunmen and officers which began around 5pm Monday.
Two of the officers, ages 40 and 54, are currently in surgery and in critical condition after being struck in the neck, while the other three are stable.
As of 7.30pm local time, police said the scene was secure.
Four Houston police officers were been shot, and another injured, around 5pm Monday
Aerial view shows the shooting occurred in a residential area near Harding
Photos show officers on the ground outside of the location where the shooting occurred after officers went to a home to serve a search warrant
Acevedo said in a press conference that a group of 15 narcotic officers and six additional officers arrived at the home around 4.15pm.
The team has reason to believe that people were selling black tar heroin from the home on Harding.
Acevedo said that officers announced themselves as Houston Police while entering the home. As they opened the door, officers immediately came under fire from either one or two suspects.
One of the suspects retreated to the back of the room and returned to shoot at the officers.
After the initial shootout, robots were used to go inside the residence and survey the scene.
Both suspects were pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by return gunfire.
The Houston Mayor arrived at Memorial Hermann Medical Center where the officers are being treated
This attack resembles the 2016 Dallas shooting that saw Micah Xavier Johnson ambush and kill five officers while injuring nine others.
That shooting was the deadliest incident for US law enforcement since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The officers are being treated at Memorial Hermann Medical Center and one is expected to be discharged tonight.
One woman Jasmine Castro lives nearby and said she heard about 15 rounds of gunfire in the neighborhood, according to ABC Action News.
Video from one bystander shows officers on the ground and hit.
One of the injured officers were taken to a hospital by helicopter. Three are in stable condition while the other two critical
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the shooting a ‘horrific attack on police officers’ in a statement.
‘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,’ Abbott said.
Harris County Sheriff’s deputies and ATF agents assisted at the scene.
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner asked for prayers for the several injured officers.
Police chief Art Acevedo tweeted: ‘We have had several officers shot please pray for officers on the way to the scene now more information to follow.’
The shooting occurred in a residential area of southeast Houston