‘Maddening and heart breaking’: Local, state leaders react to shooting of 3 HPD officers during possible chase

Images of the scene after three HPD officers were shot in Midtown, according to police (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Support from leaders and law enforcement agencies in Texas and the Houston area are pouring in following the news of three Houston police officers being shot Thursday afternoon following an apparent chase.

READ: 3 HPD officers shot following possible chase near Midtown

The triple shooting comes days after the death of Harris County Pct. 5 Corporal Charles Galloway and Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Ramon Gutierrez.

Read the reactions below:

Governor Greg Abbott

“The state of Texas grieves at the news of yet another violent attack on our law enforcement officers, this time on three members of the Houston Police Department who were shot this afternoon while serving their community. Violence against the police will never be tolerated in the Lone Star State. The State of Texas will ensure that the City of Houston and the Houston Police Department have the resources and support they need to ensure swift justice for the perpetrator. Please join Cecilia and me in praying for the officers who were shot and injured, as well as for the safety of all law enforcement who serve and protect our communities across the state.”

Congressman and former Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls

The office of Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement:

“Three Houston Police Officers were shot in the line of duty today, and I am relieved to hear their injuries are non-life-threatening. My thoughts and prayers go out to them, and I will be at the hospital soon to check on their recovery, thank them for their service and speak to their families. I ask everyone to pray for the officers who were shot and for every law enforcement officer working on the streets of Houston. We live in dangerous times, and it will take all of us working together to make our city safe.”

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz

FBI Houston

Harris County Pct. 1 Constable Alan Rosen

Former Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena

National Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Joe Gamaldi

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