Houston narcotics officer connected to raid-turned-shootout relieved of duty

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HOUSTON – A Houston police officer who is connected to last week’s raid that turned into a shootout was temporarily relieved of duty Thursday.

The Jan. 28 raid at a home on Harding Street in southeast Houston’s Gloverdale neighborhood ended with two people dead and five officers injured.

According to a statement released by the Houston Police Officers’ Union, the officer who was relieved of his duties was not among the officers who were injured.

“We have confirmed that at least one narcotics officer has been relieved of duty due to ongoing questions that cannot be answered until the case agent is interviewed,” HPOU’s statement read.

The case agent was among the injured officers.

“Unfortunately, his gunshot wound has resulted in him being incapacitated while surgeries continue,” HPOU’s statement read. “Any assumptions or conclusions made prior to the interview taking place are just assumptions.”

Investigators said officers were executing a search warrant at the home as part of a drug investigation. They said that as the officers entered the home they were met by gunfire from 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle. They said that when one of the wounded officers fell on a couch, 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas reached for his gun. Officers shot and killed both Tuttle and Nicholas, they said.

Four officers were shot and the fifth officer suffered a knee injury. All but two of the officers have been released from the hospital.

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