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Two police were shot dead and two other cops were wounded after an attack at a nightclub.
The shooting ambush happened in Houston, Texas at around 2.15am when the officers arrived outside the venue following multiple reports of a disturbance.
Houston police said a struggle with one person was interrupted when someone else opened fire with a rifle from behind the deputies.
One deputy was shot in the back, and another deputy was reportedly shot in the foot.
It is not currently clear if the cops were able to return fire.
"I left my third deputy, who is deceased, here in the hospital," Constable Mark Herman told reporters.
"It's probably one of the hardest things I've done in my career.
“I'm asking for all our community's thoughts and prayers for their families.
"What happened tonight was evil. And now, the good is going to sweep in, and I hope for swift justice."
One person has reportedly been taken into custody near the scene, but it is still not clear if they were a witness or a suspect.
Police are reportedly searching for a Hispanic man in his early 20s.
He is said to have been wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, who's believed to have been the shooter.
He has been described as a heavy set man with a beard.
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