Three Officers Shot, Woman Killed Outside Houston Nightclub

A woman was killed and three Texan deputies are recovering in hospital and after a man opened fire outside a nightclub in Houston.

Officers responded to a shots fired call at Set nightclub, located in the 2900 block of Travis Street, at around 2.20 a.m. on Sunday, Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner told reporters at a news briefing.

A fight broke out in the parking lot after the club closed and three off-duty Harris County Sheriff's deputies attempted to break it up, Finner said. The deputies—two men and a woman—were working an extra job at the club, authorities said.

All three were shot after a suspect, who was not identified, opened fire, Finner said. A female citizen was also shot, he said. The woman, who was Hispanic and aged around 40, was transported to hospital, where she was pronounced dead, he added.

"We ask for prayers for that citizen and her family," Finner said.

Finner added that the suspect was in custody after he attempted to receive treatment for a gunshot wound at a hospital. It was not clear what led him to shoot into a crowd, Finner said.

He said the Houston Police Department's special investigative homicide unit would take the lead on the investigation.

The shooting occurred at a night club at 2900 Travis St.

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Two of the deputies were transported to Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center, while one was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, Finner said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the female deputy was undergoing surgery, but all three deputies are expected to survive their injuries.

He said he had spoken to the two male deputies and reported that they were in "fairly good spirits." He added: "Their families are relieved, scared obviously, but relieved."

Gonzalez said the female deputy was undergoing "some" surgery, but added that her family "felt comfortable that she was in good spirits."

Gonzalez said all three deputies were experienced—one has five years of service, while the other two had around 11 years of service.

"A tragic night, but it could have been a lot worse," Gonzalez added. "We're strong, we're together, we're going to pull through this."

The incident comes after Harris County Sgt. Bruce Watson was killed in a crash on Saturday. Both Finner and Gonzalez paid tribute to Watson, whose wife is a Houston police officer, at the conference.

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Stock photo. Law enforcement personnel work at the scene of a shooting on January 28, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Loren Elliot/Getty Images