HOUSTON – Five officers were shot in southeast Houston on Monday, according to police.
As the news unfolded, many people took to social media to express their concern and offer their support.
Here are some of the messages we have seen:
Thinking about the officers involved and hoping everyone is going to be alright. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/wQ30Z4d0y2— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 29, 2019
Heart broken. My thoughts and prayers are with our police officers and their families.— Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) January 29, 2019
Five brave Houston police officers have been shot and need your prayers. They risk everything to keep our communities safe.— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) January 29, 2019
Just been notified that three (3) of HPD officers have been shot. I am waiting to get a status report. I am asking for your prayers for them. st— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) January 28, 2019
Monitoring the news from southeast Houston where 5 police officers have been shot. We know the officers have been transported to the medical center by Life Flight and ambulance, but their conditions are unknown at this time. Please keep these officers in your prayers.— Robert Gallegos (@RobertGallegos_) January 29, 2019
Gov. Greg Abbott issued the following statement:
“This evening’s horrific attack on police officers is a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day to keep us safe. The city of Houston and the Houston Police Department will have whatever state resources they need to bring swift justice to those involved. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for the officers injured, and for the continued safety of all law enforcement officers who protect our communities.”
My thoughts are with our brave law enforcement officers who were injured tonight in Houston. Thank you for protecting our community. Houston stands with you. https://t.co/Ctceuz7K05— Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (@RepFletcher) January 29, 2019
Pray for these brave officers and their families.They go into harm’s way so that our communities can be safe. God bless them. https://t.co/yrQzVCDkxW— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 29, 2019
Praying for the down officers in Houston .. please let us know if we can help .... anything you need.. God bless your families we are standing by ...— Marcus Luttrell (@MarcusLuttrell) January 29, 2019
The men and women of the #BPD are shocked and saddened to hear the news of five brave officers from the @houstonpolice who were shot earlier this evening. We extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the officers, their families and the entire Houston Police Department.— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) January 29, 2019
I am asking for your thoughts & prayers for the Houston police officers who were shot & wounded in Southeast Houston this afternoon. Let's also pray for their families & for all the brave men & women who serve. On my way to Memorial Hermann Hospital to join the Mayor #pray— Dwight Boykins (@DwightBoykins) January 28, 2019
Senator Ted Cruz: "Heidi and I are praying for the five Houston police officers who were shot today, as well as their families. We will continue to follow this developing story."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire HPD family and to the families of the officers that have been injured in the line of duty.— Houston Astros (@astros) January 29, 2019
George P. Bush:
"Praying for the law enforcement officers injured today in Houston. Grateful for their willingness to put their lives on the line day in and day out."
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee:
“My thoughts and prayers are with the wounded officers and the members of the Houston Police Department on this terrible day. The senseless shooting of five of Houston’s finest and bravest early this evening is a tragedy and another reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers who risk their lives to keep their communities safe.
“Thanks to the swift and professional police work of the Houston Police Department, two of the persons perpetrating this heinous crime have been neutralized and another is being apprehended.
“I hope the families of the victims take comfort in the knowledge that everyone in our community is praying for speedy and complete recovery of each of the officers wounded in this tragedy.”
Please pray for Houston PD Officers. Four officers shot while serving a search warrant. https://t.co/TYU9pHyYkh— Ely Reyes (@ChiefElyReyes) January 29, 2019
Update on Houston officers - continue to pray for them, their families, and the Houston community. https://t.co/9t80S0rnec— Omaha POA (@omahaPOA) January 29, 2019
Jesus, we lift our prayers to you now for the HPD officers that have been injured in the shooting here in Houston and their families. Surround them with Your love, Your comfort, and Your healing.— Lakewood Church (@lakewoodchurch) January 29, 2019
The thoughts and prayers of our staff and deputies go out to the Houston police officers shot and injured this evening.— Fort Bend Constable Pct 4 (@fortbendpct4) January 29, 2019
@ArtAcevedo Chief, HPD Officers acted heroically today in the line of duty. Our prayers are with them. You represented them, the department and our city admirably at the Press Conference.— Scott McClelland (@HEBScott) January 29, 2019
Retired ATF Special Agent David Chipman:
“Today, multiple brave officers were shot while serving their community, an act of violence that will devastate our nation’s law enforcement community. We’re holding their families, the Houston Police Department, and the entire community in our thoughts.
“We often think of the job law enforcement officers do every day to protect our communities. But all too often, we fail to think about how we can make the job safer for them.
Police officers are trained to serve and protect our communities and our families, but our laws make it too easy for dangerous individuals to get their hands on a gun and use it.
Lawmakers at the local, state, and federal levels must acknowledge this problem and take swift action to pass legislation to prevent future shootings like this one from occurring.”
My family and I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers with the entire @houstonpolice and the families of the officers. Thank you for keeping our city safe.— Johnathan Joseph (@JJOE2424) January 29, 2019
Texans, keep the Houston law enforcement community in your thoughts tonight as we've received word that some officers have been shot & wounded in the line of duty. Our brave officers put their lives on the line every single day for us, & they need our prayers now more than ever.— Speaker Dennis Bonnen (@RepDennisBonnen) January 29, 2019
To our friends and colleagues at @houstonpolice, we're thinking about you and we're sending our prayers to the officers shot and injured this afternoon, and to their families. We're here for you.— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) January 29, 2019
We are reminded tonight of the courage of our police, and how much they put on the line when they go out to protect us from those who would do us harm.— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) January 29, 2019