FORT WORTH – Two police officers were shot during a gun battle after suspects opened fire during a drug raid in south Fort Worth late Thursday.
A suspect was also shot, but police are not sure if they shot him or if he was hit by bullets from other suspects during the hail of gunfire.
“It was hard for officers to hear what was happening with all the gunfire,” Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said during a press conference at John Peter Smith Hospital. “But it does not appear that SWAT officers had fired their weapons at the time.”
Both police officers, each one a veteran with more than 15 years on the force, were being treated late Thursday at John Peter Smith Hospital, and were listed in good condition, as was the suspect, police said.
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Sixteen officers with the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit surrounded an apartment in the 2400 block of Las Brisas Street about 9 p.m., Halstead said.
The officers were serving a high risk drug warrant after investigators had purchased drugs at the residence on Wednesday, police said. Suspects at the residence were thought to be selling cocaine and marijuana, police said.
Two SWAT officers entered the garage and the suspects began firing from inside the apartment. One officer was hit in the leg and the other was struck in the hand, Halstead said. One suspect was struck in the buttocks.
It was unclear whether there was another suspect was injured during the subsequent arrest and had to be taken to the hospital. More Fort Worth officers arrived at the scene and three people were arrested.
One suspect faces drug charges, another is facing charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and a third suspect was arrested on unrelated warrants, police said. Police recovered multiple weapons and some assault weapons.
Police did not reveal late Thursday what type or the amount of drugs that were recovered. Police also did not release the identities of the officers who were shot or the names of the suspects.
“Many times we forget about the inherent dangers of just doing regular police work,” Halstead said. “But these officers go into work every day and do their jobs.”