2 Jacinto City police officers shot; suspect ID'd, gets away

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 4:57 AM

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JACINTO CITY, Texas – Two Jacinto City police officers, a male and a female, were reportedly shot Wednesday evening.

It happened in the 10400 block of Oswego in east Harris County.

Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala says the officers were responding to a disturbance call for a report of an attempted suicide. Family members were supposed to be holding down a relative until police arrived, but the person got free and allegedly shot both officers.

The male officer was rushed by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. The female officer was taken to Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital .Chief Ayala says both officers are in stable condition.

The suspect has been identified as Edgar Cuellar. He is still on the loose.

Chief Ayala says Wednesday’s incident may be connected to another incident a few days ago when Cuellar was walking around the neighborhood firing off a weapon.

Houston Police Department officers and K-9 units are assisting in the search. HPD's SWAT team has also been called to the scene.

Residents in the neighborhood have been told to stay inside their homes and lock the doors until the suspect is caught. Cuellar is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or the filing of felony charges. Anyone with information on Cuellar’s whereabouts should call 713-222-TIPS.

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