Officer released from hospital after shot in the leg in Third Ward

HOUSTON – A Houston police officer has been released from the hospital after he was shot in the leg Wednesday afternoon in the Third Ward.

The shooting happened around 3 p.m. in the 3100 block of Anita.

According to HPD, two officers were serving a narcotics search warrant, in which two people were arrested.

Afterward, the officers were standing at a car, filling out paperwork, when Officer Kenneth Fregia was shot in in the rear right leg.

"There is still a bullet fragment still lodged into his right leg. The good news is that he has just been released. He's in good condition," HPD Chief Charles McClelland.

Witnesses told KPRC 2 that the shots were fired from a car and investigators said the shot may have come trom down the street.

Fregia was in a "raid-type uniform so he was identified as a Houston police officer," officials said.

The two men arrested for the search warrant are not connected to the shooting, police said.

HPD is currently looking for the shooter.

Stephanie Fregia, Kenneth’s wife of nine years, said her husband is home from the hospital and resting.  He is able to walk on his own and they’re blessed his injury isn’t worse.

“We really just want to thank everybody for the support,” Stephanie Fregia said.  “A lot of people showed up and gave us well wishes.  They called, texted and emailed.  We just want to let everyone know he’s doing fine and thank you for the support.”

"For the person that may be responsible for this, we will go to all four corners of the earth to hunt you down. I will use all resources at the disposal of the Houston Police Department to bring you to justice," McClelland said.

Fregia, 45, has been with HPD for around seven years. He's a member of the tactical unit in south central Houston. He has two children.

Anyone with information on the suspect in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.