Who are Dennis Tuttle, Rhogena Nicholas? Houston Police Shootout Suspects ID'd as 'Easy Going' Couple

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Law enforcement personnel work at the scene of a shooting where five Houston police officers were reported shot January 28, in Houston, Texas. A tweet by the police officers union in Houston said that two of the officers were in critical condition and that the other three were in stable condition, according to published reports. Loren Elliott/Getty Images

Authorities have identified the couple killed in a shootout with Houston Police on Monday that left multiple officers wounded as Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas.

Tuttle, 59, and Nicholas, 58, were married and had lived at the home where the shootout occurred for at least 20 years, according to Harris County Clerk records cited by KHOU.

The couple appeared to have little to no criminal record, with Nicholas appearing in court a decade ago for "theft by check," a misdemeanor. After paying the $145 she owed, Nicholas had no other run-ins with the law, KHOU reported.

The suspects opened fire on narcotics officers who were trying to serve a search warrant on Monday afternoon, police said. The drug raid on the home was prompted from neighbors's complaints, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told KTRK.

Nine narcotics detectives with a search warrant and at least six patrol officers surrounded the home around 5 p.m. on Monday. Acevedo said undercover officers had previously made two purchases of black tar heroin at the home.

The police chief said that a 54-year-old lead investigator broke open the front door, while a 33-year-old armed officer entered the home. A pit bull attacked the officer, who shot and killed the dog.

Tuttle then allegedly charged forward and shot at the officer, striking him in the shoulder. The wounded officer fell on the sofa in the living room, Acevedo said. "A female suspect went towards that officer, reached over the officer and started making a move for his shotgun," the police chief added.

Tuttle also allegedly shot another officer who entered the home. The lead investigator was also shot.

Officers began shooting at the couple, killing Nicholas. "After we had two overs down and another shot, the remaining officers…started laying down cover fire, left positions of cover themselves and, I believe, they heroically pulled their fellow officers out of harm's way," Acevedo said.

The police chief said the suspect followed the officers to the front door and continued shooting at them before being shot and killed.

Tuttle's sister, Elizabeth Ferrari, arrived at the home the following day and told reporters she was shocked by the allegations against her brother. She said Tuttle was a disabled veteran who had been "released on honorable discharged medical."

"He had debilitating injuries for many years and it's a sad situation," Ferrari said, according to KTRK.

Neighbors also expressed shock after the couple was accused of shooting officers. One neighbor told KHOU that the couple was "easygoing" and never bother anyone. "It's always just them two and their three dogs," the unidentified neighbor said.