SWAT Team Descends on a West Houston Neighborhood

SWAT Team Descends on a West Houston Neighborhood [Update]


SWAT descended on a neighborhood in West Houston, Texas. Door-to-door searches began throughout the neighborhood May 29, 2016, shortly after the Houston Police Department (HPD) announced an active shooter. Marcelino Benito, a correspondent with the CBS affiliate, KHOU 11 News, uploaded a video on Twitter that showed SWAT team members standing in front of a suburban house in West Houston.

This followed reports of shooting in the area, which resulted in two people being killed, including one of the suspects. According to Houston Police, one suspect died at the scene, and one was wounded after the active shooting and one victim died in the vehicle.

In Southeast Houston, a suspect is on the run after a shootout with police. Police say an officer suffered a minor injury. The Houston area has witnessed a sudden surge in shootings. During the events that took place on May 28, the police asked residents in areas of reported shooting to shelter-in-place until further notice.

Statements from KHOU 11 News in Houston said the shooter shot at a motorist smashing his window, but he escaped alive.

UPDATE: May 28, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. CDT, NBC News reported the Houston Police indicated there were eight people were shot. This number includes two police officers and four citizens, which were wounded. The remaining two were reported as deceased, including one suspect and one citizen.

UPDATE: May 28, 2016, at 1:09 p.m. CDT, NBC News reported an officer’s vehicle was shot at during the pursuit of the remaining suspect. The shot struck his windshield. However, no information was released about whether or not the deputy was injured.

The Public Slate will continue to provide updates as they become available.

By Tinyiko Chauke
Edited by Cathy Milne


KHOU 11 News: HPD: Two dead, 1 wounded in shooting in West Houston
NBC News: Two Dead, Including Suspect, in Houston Shooting

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