A police officer was killed and another was injured while executing a search warrant for narcotics in Houston, Texas, officials have said.
In a press briefing, police said the shooting occurred at 7.28 a.m. on Monday at an apartment complex near Bush International Airport in northeastern Harris County.
Two officers executing search warrants on drug charges were first greeted by a woman knocking on the door of an apartment, according to which abc13 News, I had many children.
A suspect whom officers were trying to arrest, aged 31, then opened fire at officers – injuring one and seriously injuring another.
The man, who could not be identified, was killed when the officers retaliated.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the injured officer, Sergeant Charles Vance, was in stable condition and was taken to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center after the incident. Police said that he had joined the force in 1997.
The officer who was fatally shot, William Jeffrey, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. His body was found by a police escort while being taken for forensic examination. Police said he had joined the force in 1990.
According to Houston Chronicle, the officers were a branch dealing with dangerous criminals, including those accused of murder.
Mr Turner told reporters it was “a sad day”, and that the death of one officer was “another reminder that police work is inherently dangerous.”
The incident remains under investigation.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Houston