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HPD officer shot while trying to arrest suspect wanted in narcotics investigation

HPD Chief Troy Finner said the officer's ballistic vest and a flashlight likely saved his life.

HOUSTON — A Houston police officer was shot Wednesday while trying to arrest a suspect wanted in a narcotics investigation.

Two officers were reportedly surveilling the suspect who was wanted on an active narcotic warrant.

The officers pulled the suspect over in the 14800 block of the Gulf Freeway at Astoria Boulevard and asked him to get out of his car. A few words were exchanged and the suspect got out of the car and immediately started shooting at the officers, according to Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner.

Both officers returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times. Officers rendered first aid to the suspect who was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

One of the officers was hit in the gunfire exchange. That officer was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries to their pelvic and chest area.

"Thank God for his ballistic vest and flashlight," Finner said. "I think it probably saved his life."

Watch the latest update from Chief Finner below:

The injured officer is in good spirits and is expected to recover. The other officer, fortunately, was not injured.

During a briefing on the officer's condition, Finner expressed his frustration with officers not only being shot in the Houston area but across the U.S.

"It goes without saying ... anytime anyone injures anybody in our city I'm upset. But I'm very upset at what's going on in our nation and our state and our country with gun violence ... with suspects who have no damn regard for anybody else," Finner said.

Both officers involved in this shooting will be placed on administrative leave, which is customary with officer-involved shootings involving Houston police.

Finner said they both have 10 years of police service.

Body camera video will be released within 30 days.

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