1 deputy, 2 officers shot while serving warrant in NE Harris County

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Deputy, 2 officers in hospital after shootout with felon
SUSPECT KILLED: Three law enforcement agents are recovering after a shootout erupted while attempting to serve a felony warrant.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Three law enforcement agents are recovering at Ben Taub Hospital after being shot while serving a felony warrant in northeast Harris County.

The suspected shooter, Daniel Trevino, was found dead Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the home on Hartwick Road after an hours-long standoff.

The Texas Attorney General is asking all Texans to pray for the injured, including two officers from Ken Paxton's office, following a violent confrontation caught on camera.

The attorney general's office identified the two injured officers as Capt. Wes Hensley and Sgt. Mark Rychen. They're part of the fugitive apprehension unit.

Family members identified the Harris County Sheriff's deputy who was shot as James Robert Smejkal III, a 29-year veteran with the agency.

WATCH: Witness captures dramatic video of shootout

A witness captured dramatic video of the moments shots were fired just as a standoff began in northeast Harris County.

You can hear the labored breathing of an eyewitness on that video, watching and living through the heart-racing moments of the SWAT standoff.

You can see what appears to be lawmen huddled behind a black car. Seconds later, a frantic call for help goes out.

"Hey! Call EMS. We're going to need additional units."

Gunfire erupts, then yelling before the eyewitness makes a desperate dash to safety.

SEE ALSO: What we know about shootout suspect Daniel Trevino

Two deputies injured in shooting while serving a warrant in the 5100 block of Hartwick Road.

Our news crews were right there on the ground, capturing powerful images as paramedics rushed one of the injured officers to the hospital.

"One of them was shot in the foot," said Major Mike Lee, of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "The other agent was shot numerous times, torso, leg and face."

Another deputy was injured in a motorcycle crash while on the way to assist at the scene, but has since been released from the hospital.

"We feel blessed that they're going to be okay," Lee said.

Texas' Attorney General released this statement Tuesday night:

"This afternoon, Captain Wes Hensley and Sergeant Mark Rychen from the Fugitive Apprehension Unit in my office were shot and wounded while serving an arrest warrant on a suspect in Northeast Harris County. A deputy from the Harris County Sheriff's Department was also shot. These brave and courageous law enforcement officers were fulfilling their call to duty to apprehend a known criminal with a dangerous past. Thankfully, all of the injured law enforcement officers appear to be recovering well this evening. I'm asking all Texans tonight to pray for those recovering, their families, and all the men and women in law enforcement who face unpredictable dangers each day to keep Texans safe."

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