March 21, 2012 - A suspect who shot two Jacinto City police officers and then fired shots at Houston police SWAT officers was wounded at 10405 North Oswego Street in Jacinto City about 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday (March 20).
The suspect, Edgar Omar Cuellar (H/m, DOB: 8-28-95), suffered non life-threatening wounds and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital.
No HPD officers were injured in the incident. Three officers, J. Salazar, E. Holland and D. Moreno, all assigned to the HPD Tactical Operations Division, discharged their weapons after the suspect fired upon SWAT officers.
HPD Homicide Divison Sergeant M. McStravick and Officer L. Wright reported:
This incident - involving the presence of HPD officers - began about 6 p.m. at a residence at the above address. Information was received that suspect Cuellar shot two Jacinto City police officers who went to question him regarding an incident that occurred the previous day. One of the wounded Jacinto City officers was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital. The other officer was taken to LBJ Hospital for her wounds.
Several officers responded and surrounded the residence, in which the suspect had barricaded himself. Houston SWAT officers were requested and responded to the scene. When the suspect refused to comply or acknowlege verbal commands to surrender, SWAT officers breached the entrances and windows to the home. They were in the process of initiating their tactical approach when the suspect opened fire and shot at the officers. Three SWAT officers returned fire and the suspect sustained at least one gunshot wound. Paramedics then transported him to the hospital for treatment.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shootings, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, as well as the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.