HOUSTON (KTRK) --A search continues for a suspected burglar involved in a shootout that left one Houston police officer critically injured and another in serious condition. A second suspect was killed by police.
Law enforcement continues to search for an African American male suspect who is a known gang member of 52 Hoover. A second African American adult male suspect was killed at the scene.
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The scene unfolded in the 8700 block of Sterlingame just before 12:30pm, when authorities were tipped off to a burglary in progress.
Officer Ronny Cortez, a 24-year veteran of the department, was searching the area with 10-year veteran Officer Jose Munoz when they were both shot multiple times by at least one armed suspect.
VIDEO: Neighbors describe break-ins on day of shooting
Cortez remains hospitalized in critical condition. Munoz was released on Wednesday evening.
UPDATE: Officer Munoz, wounded in shooting, released from hospital w/in past few hrs. Off Cortez remains in critical, but stable condition.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 2, 2017
Police say six homes were burglarized in the neighborhood that same day, and say the suspects in this case, are connected to other burglaries in the area.
Earl Sherrill's lives blocks from where the shooting happened. He said his home was burglarized just hours before the shooting, sometime between 8 am and 9:30 am. He was not home at the time and returned to find his home in shambles.
"They empty all the material around safe, tore up everything," said Earl Sherrill.
He said the suspects took his wife's jewelry and tampered with his gun case, but they did not take his gun.
Sherrill is grateful he and his wife were not hurt.