Four police shot in Houston, two suspects dead

RALEIGH, Jan 29 — Four Houston police officers were shot yesterday as they attempted to serve a warrant in a narcotics investigation and two suspects were shot dead, the city’s police chief said.

Two of the officers were shot in the neck and were undergoing surgery, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters, adding that they were in critical but stable condition. The other two officers shot will remain hospitalised for at least another 24 hours, but are ambulatory, he said.

The officers came under fire when they tried to enter a home in southeast Houston to serve a warrant shortly before 5 pm )7am Malaysian time), Acevedo said.

“Immediately upon breaking the door the officers came under fire from one or more suspects in the house,” said Acevedo.

A SWAT team took over and sent in robots to check the home. Images from the robots showed two suspects had been struck by return gunfire. They were pronounced dead at the scene, Acevedo said.

He said that a fifth police officer suffered a knee injury during the gun battle. — Reuters

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