HPD: Suspects identified in heroin bust shootout; second officer released from hospital

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Local police revealed new details Tuesday afternoon after five officers were injured during a heroin bust at a home in southeast Houston.

Investigators went to the home after receiving a tip claiming heroin was being sold there. The suspects have been identified as Rhogena Nichols, 58, and Dennis Tuttle, 59.

Rhogena Nichols, 58, and Dennis Tuttle, 59.

Houston police confirmed about a dozen narcotics agents and six patrol officers were trying to serve a search warrant around 4:15 p.m. Monday to a residence in the 700 block of Hardy Lane when gunfire erupted.

When investigators breached the door to the house, either one or two of the suspects inside open fire. Another suspect retreated to a back room before coming back and firing at the officers again.

Four officers were reportedly hit.

The wounded officers were all taken to Memorial Hermann, where three remain hospitalized in stable condition after undergoing surgery later that night. The two others are OK and have have already been released.

During a press conference, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo explained why the case agent in this particular investigation is a hero.

“This officer has been shot several times in the line of duty when most people would call it a day after being shot and surviving,” Acevedo said. “This man is 54 years old. He’s the case agent on this case and he was there on the front lines. If that doesn’t tell you about the heart of the men and women we have the privilege to lead, I don’t know what will.”

Both Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner requests the community’s support and prayers as the officers continue to recover.

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