Police Investigate After Suspect Shoots Officers

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A suspect who shot two Jacinto City police officers and then fired shots at members of the Houston police SWAT team was wounded just before midnight on Wednesday. Officials continue their investigation in the case.

According to the Houston Police Department, the suspect Edgar Omar Cuellar, suffered non life-threatening wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital. No HPD officers were injured in the incident.

“Three officers, J. Salazar, E. Holland and D. Moreno, all assigned to the HPD Tactical Operations Division, discharged their weapons after the suspect fired upon SWAT officers, added officials with HPD.

HPD Homicide Divison officials also added: “This incident – involving the presence of HPD officers – began about 6 p.m. at a residence at the above address. Information was received that suspect Cuellar shot two Jacinto City police officers who went to question him regarding an incident that occurred the previous day. One of the wounded Jacinto City officers was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital. The other officer was taken to LBJ Hospital for her wounds.”

Several officers responded as well as surrounded the residence, in which the suspect had barricaded himself. Houston SWAT officers asked the suspect to surrender but he did not comply.

It was then that SWAT officers breached the entrances and windows to the home and formulating a tactical approach against the suspect. Then,18-year-old Cuellar opened fire and shot at the officers.

“Three SWAT officers returned fire and the suspect sustained at least one gunshot wound. Paramedics then transported him to the hospital for treatment,” added HPD. “As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.”

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