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Houston police say man carrying drugs flees tear gas in house

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 1:41 pm, Friday, June 14, 2013
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A 40-year-old man was taken into custody after a brief shootout when police officers went to the home in south Houston to serve a narcotics search warrant early Friday morning.

No one was wounded in the gunfire.

The incident began about 5 a.m. at the house at 4718 Scenic near Airport, said Sgt. John Sampa, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, which was part of team made of local, state and federal agencies handling the case. The man was taken into custody about 15 minutes later.

Sampa said the house is known to be used for drug dealing and the officers arrived to serve a search warrant.

When the officers prepared to enter the home, Sampa said, someone inside opened fire. The officers retreated and returned gunfire.

Soon afterwards, the officers lobbed tear gas into the residence. Then a man came outside through the back door. He was taken into custody.

Sampa said the man was carrying what is believed to be marijuana and cocaine. The man's name has not been released because charges have not yet been formally filed against him. He was alone in the house.

Details about what led to the search warrant were not released. Also, Sampa said the investigation into the case is continuing and it was unclear if officers found a gun or narcotics in the home.