Tranquility Interrupted

Bullets fly in undercover drug sting on grounds of luxury hotel

Bullets fly in undercover drug sting at luxury hotel

The normally-tranquil grounds of the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa were interrupted this weekend when an undercover officer from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency fired multiple shots at four suspects in a narcotics case.

"It was a case no one was supposed to know about and no one was ever supposed to see," reported Andrew Horansky of KHOU Ch. 11 News, who visited the scene on Saturday afternoon.

The shooting took place around 1 p.m. in an employee parking lot at the upscale Memorial-area hotel, where the suspects were parked in a Honda CRV. As the DEA agent closed in, the driver revved the engine in an assumed attempt to flee with the intention "of running down the DEA agent, and anyone else who got in his way," according to HPD spokesman John Cannon. 

One suspect was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and the remaining three were handcuffed and questioned on-site. All four face federal charges. A spokesperson from the Houstonian reassured CultureMap that "in no way were any employees, guests or members involved or put in harm's way."

Watch KHOU's full report on the altercation below: