HOUSTON, Texas — A gunman reportedly shot and wounded two Houston police officers during the service of a warrant on the city’s northeast side. Officers shot and killed a suspect at the scene.
UPDATE 11:25 a.m.: KTRK ABC13 reports that Houston Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey died Monday morning from a gunshot wound to his chest. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said Jeffrey was a 31-year veteran of the department. A second officer, Sergeant Michael Vance sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and reported to be in stable condition at this time.
Officer Jeffrey’s widow is reported to be a former HPD officer who just recently retired from the department, according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Please keep every Houston Police Officer in your thoughts and prayers today, as one of our own was shot and killed today, while another is currently undergoing surgery.
Please keep their families in your prayers as well and lift them up as they deal with this horrific tragedy.
— Joe Gamaldi (@JoeGamaldi) September 20, 2021
Houston Police Department officers attempted to serve a warrant in an apartment complex near the Intercontinental Airport Monday morning at about 7:30, KTRK ABC13 reported. While serving the warrants, shots rang out striking two officers. The two officers reportedly worked in the major-offenders fugitive division.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales tweeted that the two officers were taken to hospitals. He confirmed that one “possible suspect” died at the scene.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 20, 2021
A Life Flight helicopter airlifted one of the wounded officers to Memorial Herman Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Click2Houston NBC2 reported. An ambulance transported the second wounded officer to the same trauma center.
KHOU CBS11 reports:
KHOU 11’s Jeremy Rogalski has learned the identities of the wounded officers, but we are withholding that information until Houston police confirm further details. Both have been on the force for more than two decades, one since 1990 and the other since 1997.
Rogalski said the officers are part of the department’s Major Offenders fugitive warrant team. He notes the warrant being served this morning was an arrest warrant — not a search warrant.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. This article will be updated as new facts emerge.