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A Houston police officer is in the vicinity of the Democrats in the debate, shot the priest, robed in a violent crime spree

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A Houston police officer was seriously wounded Thursday after being shot multiple times by four suspects who allegedly stole a car at gunpoint and later served as a priest.

The shooting happened about a mile to the south of the Democratic presidential debate at the Texas Southern University in Houston, texas. For a discussion of the main topics was gun control.

The Chief Art Acevedo asked for prayers for the unidentified 29-year-old officer, who he said was in guarded condition. He said one of the suspects was shot and killed in an exchange of fire, two men were in custody and police were searching for the fourth.

Acevedo said the chaos of the night of violence began about 9:56 p.m. last Thursday, the car-jacking, but the vehicle ran out of gas and the suspects fled.

Police believe the men robbed a priest in a stall with his cell phone. The shooting took place about 15 minutes later. At least one officer, possibly two, exchanged gunfire with an armed suspect. He was shot down and killed, Fox 26 reported.

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The injured officer, a five-year veteran on the force. KHOU11 reported that he had been shot three times, and the bullets that hit him just below the vest. He was awake and talking as he was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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