One person died and several hostages were rescued during a multi-day operation by federal and local law enforcement officials in north Houston, the FBI said in a statement Thursday.
All of the hostages were “safely recovered” by Thursday morning, the FBI said. The agency said one person died after an “agent-involved shooting” and that none of its employees were injured.
The FBI released few other details and did not respond to questions about the shooting or the nature of the hostage situation. The agency’s Houston office said on Twitter that “no additional information” would be released at this time and that no news conferences were scheduled.
The agency said its shooting incident review team will “conduct a thorough, factual and objective investigation into the events.”
“In the interest of protecting the integrity of the investigation, we are unable to provide additional details at this time,” the FBI said.
The FBI said it was assisting the Waller County Sheriff’s Office, which referred questions about the operation to the FBI in Waller County, near Harris County, where the operation took place. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the Houston area, declined to comment on the situation Thursday.
Several law enforcement officers were at the scene Thursday morning on Esplanade Boulevard near Greenspoint Drive in North Houston, local news station Fox 26 reported. reported.
Law enforcement officers were at a motel on the southeast side of Interstate 45 and the Sam Houston Tollway. KHOUA local news station.
The motel, Studio 6, said in a statement Thursday that it is cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation.
“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims,” the agency said.
Motel 6, which operates the Studio 6 chain, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
Jesus Jimenez Contributed report.