Suspect in shooting of 5 US policemen is dead at the scene

  29 January 2019    Read: 1602
Suspect in shooting of 5 US policemen is dead at the scene

Five police officers in the Texas city of Houston have been shot and taken to the hospital, the Houston Police Department said in a statement, reported citing Sputnik.

"At this time we can confirm 5 officers have been struck and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, Medical Center and Ben Taub General Hospital", police said via Twitter on Monday.

In a tweet, Houston police said the officers were "struck with gunfire following an encounter with a suspect" Monday afternoon in a neighborhood in southeast Houston. The policemen were shot as officers from the Houston narcotics division served a warrant, according to Reuters.

The suspect, who allegedly shot five police officers, has barricaded in his home after the incident, media reported, citing local eyewitnesses.

Houston Police said the area where the shooting took place was an active crime scene till Monday evening. Later on Monday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a twitter message that the suspect was down.

One of the officers was airlifted to a hospital, Houston Police Officers' Union president Joe Gamaldi said in tweet message. Four officers who were shot were also hospitalized, Houston police said in a separate message on Twitter.

Local authorities have launched the investigation into the incident.

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