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Manhunt underway after 3 police officers shot in Houston

Police searched for an armed suspect Thursday evening after three police officers were gunned down.

(CN) — A standoff involving Houston police was underway Thursday evening after three officers were shot and wounded.

The officers were taken to the hospital and were in stable condition, according to a tweet from Houston Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The event, which was caught on surveillance video, involved a person crashing one SUV then jumping into another vehicle and driving away.  

According to CNN affiliate KTRK, the shootout began after the suspect crashed a Dodge while trying to make a left turn. An SUV full of police officers braked behind the Dodge and one officer got out and aimed a pistol at it.

Another SUV emerged filled with more police officers who ran to the first patrol vehicle as rapid-fire gunshots rang out from the crashed Dodge. A person appeared to be shooting from the open door of the suspect’s car.

Following a hail of gunfire, the officers ran past the vehicle, apparently following the suspect. Sheriff Gonzalez tweeted that the suspect then jumped into a white Mercedes and fled the scene.

Stephen Hinson, who lives near the scene of the shootings, told KHOU that he thought he heard a crash followed by around 50 gunshots.

“I looked out my window and I saw the officers running and I realized there was an officer down right in front of my house,” Hinson told the news station.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the officers’ injuries were not life threatening.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to them, and I will be at the hospital soon to check on their recovery, thank them for their service and speak to their families,” Turner said in a statement Thursday. “I ask everyone to pray for the officers who were shot and for every law enforcement officer working on the streets of Houston. We live in dangerous times, and it will take all of us working together to make our city safe.”

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner will hold a media briefing at the hospital, police said.

Thursday’s incident followed Sunday’s fatal shooting of Cpl. Charles Galloway, a Harris County precinct constable who was killed during a Houston traffic stop.

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