Off-duty Houston police officer wounded in violent home invasion in northwest Harris County

September 27, 2013 10:43:06 AM PDT
The search continues for a pair of home invasion suspects who shot a police officer at his home. That officer is expected to be OK.

The Houston police officer is back at home, resting after being shot in the upper leg. But this investigation is far from over, with the two suspects still on the run.

"That takes some bravery and they're probably going to pay dearly for that," said witness Witness Tammy Bourdreaux.

Boudreaux described what she thought she was hearing outside her home around 10:15pm Thursday.

"At first we thought it was just fireworks," she said. "To find out it was gunshots is very frightening."

Boudreaux, who lives across the street from the off-duty police officer who was injured, says it sounded like six to seven gunshots, and says within minutes, deputies arrived.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, two men who identified themselves as police kicked in the front door and entered the officer's home.

"As they entered the home, he exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects," said HCSO Deputy Thomas Gilliland.

The two suspects then quickly got away.

On Friday morning officers who work with work closely with the injured officer were busy trying to get his front door secured. They tell us they're just thankful his injuries are not worse.

In the meantime, neighbors say they are hoping this was just an isolated occurrence.

"We live in what we think of as a nice neighborhood and having felt relatively safe up to this point, it's sad," Boudreaux said.

Authorities tell us the two suspects got away in what they believe to be a grayish-colored compact car. They remain on the loose. They are described as Hispanic males in their early 20's. One male has a thin build and black hair. The second is described as having husky build and black hair.

Officials also say that despite the fact the suspects identified themselves as police officers while kicking in the door to the real officer's home, they do not believe he was intentionally targeted.

Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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