Three Houston police officers shot, suspect in custody following standoff
A suspect who allegedly shot three Houston police officers has been taken into custody following a standoff.
In a tweet at 8:42 p.m. Thursday, the Houston Police Department (HPD) said, “The suspect has just been taken into custody.”
At 8:02 p.m., the HPD had posted a tweet saying its SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Teams were at the scene where the suspect was barricaded inside of a home.
“HPD SWAT & Hostage Negotiation Teams are on scene of a barricaded male suspect inside a home in the 1800 blk of Lockwood,” HPD said in the tweet. “The suspect fired multiple shots at SWAT officers. No officers hit. The standoff is ongoing.”
“Same suspect shot 3 HPD officers earlier today,” the tweet continued.
The HPD previously tweeted around 3:30 p.m. local time that three officers were shot in the downtown area.
“The suspect fled the scene in a white Mercedes and is being sought at this time,” police said.
The officers were transported to the Memorial Hermann Hospital in the city, where they are now in stable condition, police said in an updated tweet.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) said in a statement Thursday evening that he would be at the hospital with the officers.
“I ask everyone to pray for the officers who were shot and for every law enforcement officer working on the streets of Houston,” he said. “We live in dangerous times, and it will take all of us working together to make our city safe.”
The incident follows Sunday’s fatal shooting of Cpl. Charles Galloway, a Harris County precinct constable killed during a traffic stop in Houston. Two New York City Police Department officers were also fatally wounded after responding to a 911 call in Harlem Friday night.
Updated at 9:17 p.m.
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