One HPD officer released from hospital after Tuesday's shooting

Two Houston police officers remain hospitalized Wednesday morning after they were shot responding to a burglary call Tuesday.

HOUSTON – Officer Jose Munoz, one of two officers injured when they were shot by burglary suspects Tuesday, has been released from the hospital.

Officials say Munoz, who suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, was discharged Wednesday night. Munoz is a 10-year veteran with the Houston Police Department.

Authorities say Officer Ronny Cortez remains in critical, but stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital with several gunshot wounds. One bullet is lodged near his spine, according to the mayor. Turner said Cortez's wife is at his side and he was able to speak with her. Cortez is a 24-year veteran with HPD.

Both are veteran officers with HPD, and both were wearing their bulletproof vests-when they were shot Tuesday afternoon.

GROUND PHOTOS: 2 officers shot in SW Houston

They were part of a tactical team responding to a burglary in progress in the Glenshire subdivision near the Beltway and West Bellfort in southwest Houston.

Cortez and Muñoz got into a shootout with two guys who were hiding in a backyard shed. One was killed, the other remains on the run.

The Houston Police Officers Union sad that the deceased suspect was a known gang member. They added that the suspect who is on the run did not fire upon the officers.

AERIAL PHOTOS: 2 officers shot in SW Houston

The Houston Police Officers Union is accepting donations for both officers.

And KHOU 11 News expecting an update on the conditions of Cortez and Muñoz later Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to the arrest of that second suspect is now up to $20,000.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Shots heard at officer-involved shooting scene

The suspect who got away is described as Hispanic, dressed in all black with a blue bandana. 

"The suspect at large is considered armed and dangerous," HPD Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday. "Someone who is willing to shoot and try to kill two officers in broad daylight over a property crime, is someone who is a threat to the community." 

Acevedo believes the suspects were responsible for at least three burglaries in the Glenshire neighborhood Tuesday. Mayor Sylvester Turner said they may have stolen the gun used to shoot the officers. 

The best thing to do is call in any information; the smallest detail could be the big break investigators need.

If you know anything, please call Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-8477. For more information on how to help the officers and their families, visit assisttheofficer.com.

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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