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Man killed after shooting 2 Houston officers identified

HOUSTON – A man who was killed Tuesday during a shootout with two Houston police officers was identified Thursday.

Harris County medical examiners identified the man as Earl Riley, 25.

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said the two officers were called to the Glenshire neighborhood in southwest Hosuton as part of a burglary investigation. They were flagged down by someone who said the door of a shed in a backyard was open.

As the officers opened the door to the shed, a man stepped out and began shooting. The officers returned fire, killing him.

Acevedo said Wednesday that Riley is believed to have gang ties. Records showed that Riley has a history of arrests that dates back to 2009 on several charges, including evading arrest, burglary, trespass, drug violations and weapons violations.

The officers, identified as Ronny Cortez and Jose Munoz, were shot several times, Acevedo said.

Munoz was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Cortez, who has a bullet lodged near his spine, was still in the hospital Thursday.

“We continue to pray that he continues to heal and quite frankly the most important thing, I want to see him walk,” said Chief Acevedo.

Acevedo said authorities are still searching for a second man who is believed to have been with Riley. He said Wednesday that the second man does not appear to have been involved in the shootout.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information about the second man.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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