It started as an attempt to serve a search warrant at a suspected drug house and quickly turned into a gun battle that killed two suspects and injured five officers, including four who were shot, Houston's police chief says. The suspects were killed Monday after firing at narcotics officers who were trying to enter a home on the city's southeast side where authorities allege black tar heroin was being sold, Chief Art Acevedo says. Four of the officers were shot and a fifth suffered a knee injury. Acevedo says two of the officers who were shot were hit in the neck by gunfire and are in critical but stable condition at a Houston hospital, the AP reports. "We're hopeful that they will recover," Acevedo says.
The chief says a group of about a dozen officers with the Houston Police Department's narcotics unit were attempting to serve the warrant when they forced open the home's front door and immediately faced gunfire from one or two individuals. He says officers had gotten a tip from a neighbor that the heroin was being sold there. It was not immediately known how many officers returned fire but the two suspects were later found dead after SWAT officers used two robots to go into the home and determine that it was safe to enter after the gunfire stopped. "This has been a tough day for our city," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. "Pray for (the injured officers) and pray for their families."
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