Two police officers were shot on Tuesday in Houston, Tx after responding to a call about a nearby burglary. One of the suspects has been killed, but one is still currently at large. The two injured police officers were rushed to the hospital. One of the officers, Ronny Cortez, is still in critical condition after being shot three times. A bullet remains lodged in his spine and he has not yet been stabilized by the doctors. There was a lockdown of homes and schools in the area, but it has currently been lifted. Three schools were involved in the lockdown in an attempt to keep the children safe.
From Houston Chronicle:
“It’s been a trying day, but please continue to pray for our two officers,” Acevedo said. Officer Ronny Cortez, a 49-year-old officer who has spent nearly 24 years with the Houston Police Department, was shot three times and was in critical condition as of about 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Hospital Medical Center. A bullet remained lodged near his spine and doctors have not yet been able to stabilize him, authorities said. “His condition has improved some but he is still in critical condition,” said Dr. David Persse, the city’s EMS physician director. Cortez is awake and talking, including with his wife. “I’ve talked to his wife,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “You can image the state she is in. She’s concerned about their children and she’s concerned about him making it. … Pray for him and pray for both officers.” The other injured officer, 10-year HPD veteran Jose Munoz, 34, is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury to his foot at Ben Taub Hospital, Turner and Acevedo said. His wife has been notified. Acevedo said at 3 p.m. that he had visited Munoz and found he was doing well despite being in pain. “I’m just thankful,” the chief said. “We could have had two dead officers today.”