HOUSTON – Officials say at least five Houston police officers have been wounded in a shooting.
In a tweet, Houston police say the officers were “struck with gunfire following an encounter with a suspect” Monday afternoon in a neighborhood in southeast Houston.
“We currently have 5 officers shot, all on their way to the hospital. One is being life flighted. On the way to the hospital, will update when I can. Please keep all the officers in your prayers!” Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, said on Twitter.
Earlier, Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that the suspect “is down” and at least three officers have been injured.
In a statement, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked for prayers for the injured officers.
“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. The city of Houston and the Houston Police Department will have whatever state resources they need to bring swift justice to those involved. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for the officers injured, and for the continued safety of all law enforcement officers who protect our communities.”
Police say the officers are being transported to a hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.