Manhunt for Suspect in Shooting of Houston Police Officers
Two Houston Police officers were shot by two suspects this afternoon. One suspect is dead, the other at large, and a manhunt is ongoing.
One of the officers is reportedly critical, with a bullet lodged near his spine, the other is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
— Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) February 28, 2017
An entire neighborhood of approximately 1,800 homes is on lockdown, with orders to shelter in place.
The incident stemmed from the report of a burglary at around noon on Tuesday. When officers arrived they were immediately fired on by two suspects.
One suspect was killed at the scene, the other fled. He is described as a Hispanic male wearing all black with a blue bandana. Officers were methodically searching the neighborhood, and even the trunks of vehicles. The Houston OEM tweeted that the lockdown remained in effect for portions of Southwest Houston as of 1:15 p.m.
— Andrew Kragie (@AndrewKragie) February 28, 2017
The Houston Chronicle reported,
Officer Ronny Cortez, a 49-year-old officer who has spent nearly 24 years with the Houston Police Department, was shot three times and was in critical condition as of about 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Hospital Medical Center. A bullet remained lodged near his spine and doctors have not yet been able to stabilize him, authorities said.
“His condition has improved some but he is still in critical condition,” said Dr. David Persse, the city’s EMS physician director. Cortez is awake and talking, including with his wife.
“I’ve talked to his wife,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “You can image the state she is in. She’s concerned about their children and she’s concerned about him making it. … Pray for him and pray for both officers.”
The other injured officer, 10-year HPD veteran Jose Munoz, 34, is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury to his foot at Ben Taub Hospital, Turner and Acevedo said. His wife has been notified and is on her way to the hospital.
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News Alert: Two Houston police officers injured after responding to crime scene in Southwest Houston. pic.twitter.com/HsYUbO2xiT
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Photo: Via Houston Police Department