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A Michigan sheriff sadly posted a photo of condolence letters “for first responders who died in the line of duty in January” on Thursday following the shooting of six officers over a 48 hour period in a disturbingly violent trend surging across the nation.
“And unfortunately, another three officers were shot today in Houston. Prayers,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard tweeted.
Signed condolence letters for first responders who died in the line of duty in January. And unfortunately, another three officers were shot today in Houston. Prayers. pic.twitter.com/qCCKCb3Gud
— Mike Bouchard (@MikeJBouchard) January 28, 2022
Three officers were shot in Houston and hospitalized after responding to a domestic disturbance call. One officer was shot in the foot, another in the leg, and a third was shot in the arm. All are in stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital, according to authorities. The officers all belong to the Northeast Patrol. They were identified as N. Gadson, 35; D. Hayden, 32; and A. Alvarez, 28, via a tweet from the Houston Police Thursday evening.
Thank you for the prayers today for our 3 injured officers:
Ofc. N. Gadson, 35, 4 years of service
Ofc. D. Hayden, 32, 3 years of service
Ofc. A. Alvarez, 28, 2 years of service
All work at NE Patrol & are stable.
Please continue to pray for them & their families. #hounews
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 28, 2022
The suspect crashed into a parking lot gate and then opened fire on the officers with an automatic weapon, according to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner. The officers returned fire but the suspect escaped, carjacked a Mercedes, and continued his flight, the chief told reporters.
The suspect proceeded to barricade himself in a home and was later taken into custody. Police surrounded the house and a shootout ensued with the suspect getting shot in the neck but surviving and then surrendering.
3 HPD officers have been shot in the 2100 block of McGowen St.
The suspect fled the scene in a white Mercedes and is being sought at this time. Please avoid the area.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 27, 2022
This is the second incident in a week where an officer was shot in Houston, according to ABC News. Cpl. Charles Galloway of Harris County Constable Precinct 5 was shot and killed on Sunday when the deputy pulled over a car in southwest Houston. Oscar Rosales, 51, who was arrested on Wednesday after fleeing to Mexico, has been charged with capital murder in that shooting.
Two St. Louis officers were shot on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri. One of them is in “very critical, very unstable” condition after being shot in the leg. The other took a shot in the abdomen during the traffic stop, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Chief John Hayde reported during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“I am asking the public to pray for our officers. This is a rough time,” Hayden remarked. “They’re doing everything they can to keep people safe, and we keep having these critical incidents.”
We had two officers injured by gunfire this afternoon at West Florissant & Northwind Estates Drive. Both officers have been transported to the hospital. Conditions unavailable at this time. pic.twitter.com/gpRvBPDFM3
— St. Louis, MO Police (@SLMPD) January 26, 2022
The incident occurred after the officers spotted a vehicle that was involved in a homicide case the previous evening. They pulled the car over and the shooting began as the officers approached the vehicle. The four suspects fled after shooting the officers but were eventually taken into custody.
A Milwaukee sheriff’s deputy was also shot multiple times in the shoulder, chest, and abdomen during a traffic stop Wednesday, according to Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas.
2/2: As of about 3:30 a.m., the deputy was conscious, breathing & receiving treatment. The suspect vehicle driver is in custody. The shooter/passenger, considered armed/dangerous, is at large. West Allis & Milwaukee police departments are assisting in the search.
— Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (@MilwCoSheriff) January 26, 2022
“Thank goodness his injuries at this point do not appear to be life-threatening,” the sheriff said during a press conference. “This is twice within two weeks law enforcement officers have encountered individuals with weapons and have been shot doing their job.”
“Arrived at hospital conscious and breathing with serious wounds,” FOX 6 Milwaukee’s Ben Handelman tweeted, citing local police sources. “Suspect stole squad after the shooting but crashed two blocks away. We know a suspect is in custody.”
OFFICER SHOT: 21st and St. Paul. Sources tell @fox6now the officer was shot 3 times in shoulder, chest and abdomen. Arrived at hospital conscious and breathing with serious wounds. Suspect stole squad after the shooting but crashed two blocks away.We know a suspect is in custody pic.twitter.com/OotYwyEMek
— Ben Handelman (@BenHandelman) January 28, 2022
Two St. Louis officers were also hit by a vehicle Monday evening and a cop in Philadelphia was dragged by a stolen SUV for almost five blocks on Tuesday evening.
Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was pronounced dead Friday night and his partner Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, died on Tuesday.
That shooting came just days after a 16-year-old was accused of shooting a New York City police officer in his leg.
The number of officers killed in the line of duty in 2021 was the highest in 20 years according to data released by the FBI. That figure also includes unprovoked confrontations and premeditated ambushes against police officers.
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