HOUSTON (AP/KXAN) — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said an officer died from gunshot wounds suffered while serving an arrest warrant and another officer hospitalized.
Turner said Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey died as a result of the shooting and Sgt. Michael Vance had surgery and is in the hospital with stable vital signs.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said Jeffrey was days shy of 31 years of service with the department. Finner said the scene was north of Houston on Aeropark Drive, and officers with the major offenders unit were serving a narcotics warrant. HPD officials referred to the warrant as a “high-level felony warrant.”
Once officers knocked on the door, a woman answered and talked with officers for a moment, and then the suspect fired on officers, hitting Jeffrey and Vance several times, Finner said. Officers returned fire and killed the 31-year-old suspect at the scene, Finner said.
“Please pray for our two families,” Finner said in a press conference. “[Bill] is a great man. He’s one of our very best. I’m going to celebrate that.”
Finner said wherever they take Jeffrey’s body, it’ll have a full procession.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is doing a follow-up investigation.