Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked everyone to pray for all police officers during today's city council meeting after two Houston police officers were injured in a shooting.
Officer Ronny Cortez, a 24-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran officer Jose Munoz were searching the area of the 8700 block of Sterlingame Tuesday after a tip about a burglary in progress.
During their search, they were shot multiple times by at least one armed suspect.
"Two of our officers actually jumped the fence and went into that backyard to clear that storage shed when a male Hispanic suspect opened the door, came out and opened fire on our officers," Acevedo said. "Officers were able to return gunfire."
Munoz was taken to Ben Taub Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his foot.
Cortez, who was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, was in critical condition. He was reportedly able to visit briefly with his wife, but a bullet is lodged close to his spine.
One of the burglary suspects died, while the other fled the scene and has still not been found.
"Officer Munoz, of course, received a wound to his foot. He will be released at some point today so we're very grateful for that. And then officer Cortez is in stable condition. They have now removed the bullet that's close to his spine. And, you know, we must continue to pray for him and his entire family. For both of these individuals. Of course, two suspects, one is dead and one is still on the run. But we are sparing nothing to find the other person," Turner said.
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