William ‘Bill’ Jeffrey was just shy of 31 years of service, says Houston police chief
Houston officials said in their latest update that a veteran Houston police officer died of injuries, while a second officer who was shot and wounded while serving a narcotics-related search warrant early Monday was in a stable condition. is going.
William ‘Bill’ Jeffrey, a nearly 31-year veteran of the force, was shot several times and died of his injuries. Sergeant Michael Vance, who has been in the military for 20 years, was also injured and had surgery on Monday. His condition is said to be quite stable. Both officers were members of the Houston Police Department. The fire department, as well as the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, later responded to the scene.
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Members assigned to the Major Offenders Division of Houston Police arrived on a narcotics-related warrant at their home at 5350 Aeropark Drive at around 7:28 a.m. on Monday. Houston Police Chief Troy Finer said at a news conference Monday that a woman answered the door and spoke to officers who asked where the suspect was. The suspect came out and “immediately” began firing at officers – despite his girlfriend and young children also inside the apartment. He hit Jeffrey several times. Vance was also killed, although Finer did not specify where on his body.
Officers retaliated, killing the 31-year-old black suspect, who was pronounced dead on the spot.
Finer declined to release any other identifying information about the suspect at this time.
“Most of us know him personally. I’ve known him his entire career,” Finer said of slain officer Jeffrey, asking the City of Houston for prayers. “As his wife said, what a great man. What a great officer. His wife just retired, building her dream home with a child. Right now, I celebrate the service of her and all our other officers across the country. And in this great city… we’re going to maintain family number one, and we’re going to maintain our city and do whatever we can with the support of our citizens to crush violent crime. Can do he will.”
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said: “Today is a sad day. It’s yet another reminder that police work is inherently dangerous.” “Police officers never know what they face when they leave their homes in the course of their duty. It is inherently dangerous.”
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed that officers were serving a “very serious, high-level, felony warrant” related to narcotics. Officials said more details about the warrant would be released later.
“Our hearts are broken for our brothers and sisters along with the Houston Police Department,” Gonzalez said.
The update comes after Houston police confirmed in a tweet that the chief, commander and public information officer were responding to reports of two officers being shot at 5350 Aeropark Drive in Houston. Local news broadcasts show a large law enforcement presence on the residential street.
“It is unknown which agency officers are at this time,” said an initial tweet from the police department.
Gonzalez tweeted that both officers were shot while executing the warrant. Gonzalez said a potential suspect had died on the spot. There will also be a Public Information Officer in the hospital. No other updates were immediately available.
Police said officers were being taken to Memorial Herman Texas Medical Center. Khow 11 reported that a Life Flight helicopter landed in the hospital after shooting down an officer. The second officer was rushed to the hospital through an ambulance, according to the station.