A veteran cop was killed and another was wounded while executing a warrant in Houston early Monday morning.
William ‘Bill’ Jeffrey died in hospital on Monday after the early morning shootout. His partner Sgt. Michael Vance was also shot and taken to the hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
The officers were on a ‘high level felony’ narcotics arrest warrant when the suspect, a 31-year old man who has not yet been named, ‘immediately’ ambushed the cops and opened fire, striking Jeffrey and Vance several times, Police Chief Troy Finner said at a press conference following the shooting.
Both officers returned fire and eventually shot the suspect dead at the scene.
Jeffrey had been airlifted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center for treatment after the shootout at around 7am at at 5350 Aeropark Drive in Houston.
Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed in a morning press conference that he has since died.
Two cops were shot and wounded while executing a warrant in Houston early Monday morning
The suspect, who has not been named, was shot dead at the scene, although it’s not yet clear if they were killed by police or if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted
William ‘Bill’ Jeffrey, who was shot in the stomach, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center for treatment, where he died of his injuries. The other, Sgt. Michael Vance, was shot in the leg and taken by ambulance to a local hospital
A neighbor described hearing the shootout at the property at 5350 Aeropark Drive in Houston
Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed in a morning press conference that he has since died. Vance was also hospitalized and is in stable condition.
At least one officer reportedly needed CPR at the scene.
Jeffrey was married with one child, the mayor said. He served the department for just under 31 years, and his wife Suzanne is a retired police officer from December 2020. Vance is also married, with two children, and has been on the force since 1997.
‘Most of us know [Jeffrey] personally,’ Chief Troy Finner said. ‘I’ve known him my entire career. It’s just as his wife said what a great man, what a great officer. Wife just retired. Building their dream home with one kid. But you know, right now I want to celebrate the service of him and all our officers around the nation and in this great city.’
He added, ‘[Jeffrey] is a great man, a great family man. Every police officer is special. Every first responder is special. But like his wife said, he is one of our very best and I’m telling you, I’m gonna celebrate that . . . first responders we can’t shut it down. It’s not an assembly line. We gotta keep it moving and that’s what we intend to do. We’re gonna uphold the family, number one, and we’re gonna uphold our city.’
Finner and Turner both asked the city to uplift the impacted families and keep them in their prayers. Turner echoed what Jeffrey’s wife Suzanne told him that morning and said, ‘the city of Houston lost the very best.’
‘This has been a tragic day,’ he added. ‘It is another reminder that police work is inherently dangerous.’
A neighbor described hearing the shootout at the property at 5350 Aeropark Drive in Houston.
Initially, she thought the quick succession of gunfire was firecrackers, but ducked into her home for safety when she realized they were bullets.
Scene pictures show the area has been surrounded by police tape as police chiefs, commanders and officers responded to the report of officers down.
Mary Benton, Houston’s director of communications, posted a photo to Twitter showing Police Chief Troy Finner and Mayor Sylvester Turner meeting with police officers following the shooting.
Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed in a morning press conference that Jeffrey died of his injuries at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
Police Chief Troy Finner said that the officers were on a ‘high level felony’ narcotics arrest warrant when the suspect, a 31-year old man who has not yet been named, ‘immediately’ ambushed the cops and opened fire
Police Chief Troy Finner and Mayor Sylvester Turner met with police officers after their colleagues were injured in this morning’s shooting