William ‘Bill’ Jeffrey and Sgt. Michael Vance: This is what we know about the HPD officers shot in northeast Harris County

Jeffrey has died; Vance is in serious but stable condition

The shooting happened on Monday

HOUSTON – Two Houston police officers were shot in northeast Harris County on Monday. This is what we know about each of them so far.

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Senior Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey, a Houston Police Department veteran of 30 years, was shot and killed while serving the narcotics warrant in northeast Harris County. He was an undercover officer.

Houston Police Officer William "Bill" Jeffrey, as seen in an undated photo released by HPD on Sept. 20, 2021. (Houston Police Department)

Sgt. Michael Vance, 49, was shot several times in the abdomen and hip areas, and underwent surgery. His condition is serious but stable and reportedly has a “long way to recovery.” Vance joined HPD in June of 1998 and has been in the Major Offenders Division for the past two years.

HPOU 1st Vice President Ken Nealy said Vance is a good leader and Jeffrey was a well-respected officer who worked to make a difference. Nealy is asking others for prayers.

“The officers are devastated by the loss of our coworker and colleague because, he’s a tremendously well-respected professional officer. There has been no one on this department that can say a bad word about him,” Nealy said. “This hurts. It all hurts because he’s so well-liked.”

Nealy said Jeffrey was the best of the best and said every day, officers are on the streets serving and sacrificing to keep protect the community.

“We do what we do to protect our citizens and the people that we love,” Nealy said.

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Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.