5 Rosenberg officers evaluated after drug exposure

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Five first responders were transported for medical evaluation after coming into contact with drug residue in Rosenberg.

Police say that five officers were tested for exposure as a precaution after responding to reports of a strange odor in a Rosenberg apartment.

Authorities were called to an apartment on the 1700 block of 7th Street after a neighbor thought she smelled carbon monoxide, Lt. William Henry of the Rosenberg Police Department tells Eyewitness News.

Upon arrival, emergency officials found a man smoking an unidentified substance with formaldehyde. The suspect resisted arrest, making physical contact with five different police offers as they attempted to place him into custody.

Those officers then began to experience unexplained itching that is believed to have been caused by residue from the drugs the suspect was smoking. They were transported to Oak Bend Hospital for evaluation.

All five of them have been discharged and have no continuing symptoms.

Hazmat crews were not able to identify any dangerous chemicals in the apartment.

It's not immediately clear if the suspect has been hospitalized or how authorities plan to charge him.

This is a developing story. We'll have more online and on Eyewitness News at 10.
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