Drug warrant turns into SWAT situation on Houston's south side


No one was hurt during those intense, dramatic moments at that home on Scenic near Phoenix. One person is in custody.

"I was sleeping," said neighbor Ira Lee. "I heard about five gunshots, and I thought somebody had a flat. I woke up and I saw all the police around my yard. They asked me, I had to leave."

It was that gunfire on Houston's south side which led to a scene involving officers from multiple agencies – Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Texas Department of Public Safety among them. They released gas into a home on Scenic drive, right off Sims Bayou.

DPS says a Homeland Security task force was trying to execute a search warrant, believing someone was dealing drugs out of that address. Officers were fired upon, they resorted to calling the SWAT team.

Sgt. John Sampa with DPS explained, "They threw the canisters in the house to get everyone inside to flee the house."

Law enforcement caught a 40-year-old man, the DPS says, trying to sneak out the back of the house, but weren't sure the house was empty. So about half an hour later, they used a battering ram -- repeatedly running it into the garage door in order to enter the house. No one was inside.

"The Texas Rangers are out investigating the shooting," Sgt. Sampa said. "Once that's completed, then the original search warrant will take place."

The suspect in custody is on parole for robbery and the DPS says he had cocaine and marijuana when he was arrested. There's no word on what charges he may face.

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