A concerned neighbor’s tip to police about a suspected heroin den in southeast Houston prompted the police to get a search warrant and raid the house Monday afternoon, setting off a gun battle that got four Houston police officers shot and a fifth injured when they broke down the door, the Houston Chronicle reports. Two of the officers, including the 54-year-old case agent leading the investigation, suffered critical neck wounds. Two suspected drug dealers were killed when police returned fire, police said.
The most senior of the narcotics squad — the case agent, who was not yet identified by name — has been shot twice previously in the line of duty since joining HPD in 1984, once in 1992 and again in 1997. During the 1992 incident, he took a bullet to the cheek. “Most people would call it a day after being shot and surviving, but this man is 54,” Police Chief Art Acevedo said. “He’s the case agent and he was there on the front lines.” The last time a Houston police officer was shot on duty in a similar incident was in 2017, when two gang officers were wounded in an operation in southwest Houston.