Houston police arrest man suspected of shooting 3 officers


HOUSTON (NewsNation Now) — Police arrested the man they believe shot three officers and fired at a SWAT team during a standoff, according to a tweet from the Houston Police department.

The three officers shot earlier have non-life-threatening injuries — one was shot in the foot, another in the leg, and the third in the arm. Two of those officers were released from the hospital Friday morning, according to the Houston Police Department.

The police said none of the SWAT members were hit.

The suspect came out around 7:45 p.m. local time Thursday, and officials said he had a gunshot wound to the neck that might require surgery.

Police did not release his name; they said they need more time to confirm his identity.

Houston police’s Twitter account released the last names of the officers who were hurt, who range in age from 28 to 35 years old. Officers Alvarez, Hayden and Gadson had two, three and four years of service, respectively. Alvarez remained hospitalized early Friday afternoon.

The incident began about 2:40 p.m. Thursday with a report of a disturbance involving a weapon. The ensuing car chase ended when a suspect’s vehicle crashed at an intersection in a residential neighborhood just off Interstate 69 on the southeastern edge of downtown Houston.

Police said in a statement that a suspect fled in a white Mercedes he stole at gunpoint, and he’s now barricaded inside a home.

Across the U.S., there have been several police officers shot in the line of duty in the past week.

On Sunday, a Texas deputy was fatally shot during a traffic stop. Law enforcement announced the 51-year-old man who has been charged in the shooting was taken into custody in Mexico on Wednesday.

Early Wednesday morning, officials say a county sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded in Milwaukee after a traffic stop by a suspect later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Also Wednesday, two police officers were rushed to a local hospital after being shot in Ferguson, Missouri, a northern suburb of St. Louis.

Two officers were shot last Friday in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Both of them later died.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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