K9 officer in critical condition after criminal disarms cop, shoots him repeatedly with his own gun


KERNERSVILLE, NC – Kernersville K-9 Police Officer Sean Houle remains in critical condition after suffering three gunshot wounds to the face, hand, and arm after struggling with a suspect.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the shooting occurred at approximately 3:30 AM at an apartment complex on Sunday, February 21 when Officer Houle was “returning a subject to his residence after release from custody.”

At that time, Officer Houle encountered Quinton Donnell Blocker, 37, for the second time in 24 hours.

Earlier, Blocker had run away from Houle when Houle attempted a traffic stop.

At the apartments, according to WFMY News, there was a struggle between Blocker and Houle.

Blocker somehow seized Houle’s service weapon and shot Houle in the face, arm, and hand.

Specific details about the circumstances of the struggle are unavailable at this time.

Houle was able to call dispatch for assistance, and he was transported in critical condition to a nearby hospital.

Blocker fled the scene.

What followed was a cooperative effort among multiple law enforcement agencies and the local community, that resulted in the apprehension of Blocker at approximately 9:45 AM Sunday.

A reverse 911 call was issued to warn the community of Blocker’s presence.

Multiple agencies came together, including the Kernersville Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department, the Forsyth County EMS, the Lewisville Fire Department, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

A spokesman for the Kernersville Police Department praised the collaboration in a press conference, saying:

“Everybody … came together under one umbrella to essentially knock out a home run.

“It was no one person that was the successor in all this.  It was all of us together.”

Nearby residents responded to calls for information on social media from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s department and the Kernersville Police Department.

One sharp-eyed local spotted a man matching Blocker’s description and notified police.

Blocker was then taken into custody “without incident.”

Kernersville PD lauded the local community for its efforts and support in helping to apprehend the suspect and in their concern for Officer Houle.

A Kernersville PD spokesman said:

“The strength, and the support that we receive from our community, all the blessings and the people calling us and making comments on Facebook, that means a lot to us in this day and time….

“We feel it.  And without that, we… couldn’t do our job positively, or at least with somewhat of a smile.

He continued:

“A happy employee works a lot harder than a disgruntled one, so the community having our back is a tremendous success.”

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. added to the praise, stating:

“It is because [of] the community effort that we were able to successfully apprehend the suspect responsible for the senseless shooting of the Kernersville Police Department officer this morning.”

He added:

“It was a collaborative effort between first responders and our community. 

“We could not have done it without our community providing information to our RTIC and allowing access to their security camera footage via the Camera Sharing Program.”

Blocker has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, felony assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm, and possession of firearm by a felon. 

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Blocker broke into six motor vehicles in 2015 and was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.

He served just over two years in prison and was released in July 2020.

WFMY News reports that Blocker is currently being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $1 million secured bond.

According to WXII News, Officer Houle is described by people close to him as “a go-getter, very likable, and a person who always had a smile on his face.”

A Facebook post on the Sheriff Deputies page characterizes him as “a good man, a husband, a father.”

Everyone, please help me and say a prayer for this young man. His name is Officer Sean Houle and he is a K-9 Handler for…

Posted by Sheriff Deputies on Monday, February 22, 2021


In a Facebook call for prayers, Shoreline Community Church reports that Houle is “scheduled for a very long surgery” Wednesday, February 24.

We at Law Enforcement Today join with Officer Houle’s community in lifting him up in prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy, uneventful recovery.

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Off-duty officer shot 5 times, still in critical condition – here’s what we know so far


EAST CHICAGO, IN – Officials say that a yet to be identified East Chicago Police officer has a “long recovery ahead,” after an incident where this off-duty officer was shot five times along with two others also being shot and injured.

The preliminary details available on the investigation are scant, but here’s is what’s known so far.

Police officials described the incident that occurred as some sort of “confrontation” involving firearms, where the off-duty officer and two others were shot and injured – with said officer and one of the others shot listed as being in critical condition.

The third individual shot did not have a specified status available with regard to their sustained injuries.

For reasons yet to be disclosed and/or known by investigators, gunfire began to erupt during the evening hours of February 7th on Indianapolis Boulevard in front of a string of various bars and shops in East Chicago Indiana’s Main Business District.

A posting to the East Chicago Police Department’s official Facebook page described one of the persons shot during this incident as a “person of interest,” and that they also have one person in custody following the matter:

“An off-duty East Chicago police officer is in critical condition after being shot several times Sunday night.

A person of interest is in custody and a second person of interest is also in critical condition after being shot.”

“The Lake County Sheriff Department is investigating the case. Anytime one of our officers is involved in a shooting it is customary for us to call an outside agency such as the Lake County Sheriff Department to assist us with the investigation.”

A second posting from the ECPD’s Facebook page stated that the injured officer has since undergone one surgery, and is slated for another – but is also still listed as being in critical condition:

“Our Officer made it out of surgery. He is still in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit awaiting a second surgery.

He was shot a total of 5 times and has a long recovery ahead of him. Please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers.”

Lake County deputies are still investigating this incident that resulted in three people being hit with gunfire and will be providing updates on the case when they become available.

Officials have not yet released any names of the persons of interest referenced in the ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further updates on the developing case.

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