In the aftermath of the Lakewood Church shooting on Sunday, law enforcement leaders in Houston have announced plans to provide mental health care to the officers involved. The shooting occurred when someone opened fire in the church lobby, leading to an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officers.
The suspect, Genesse Ivonne Moreno, was shot and killed by an officer from the Houston Police Department and an officer from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Following the shooting, the Houston Police Officers’ Union stated that both officers would have access to department and union peer support teams as well as any necessary psychology treatment.
In response, Texas lawmakers have offered their condolences to the victims and their families and have pledged to support efforts to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. The community and church members have also received an outpouring of support during this difficult time.
As part of their plan to support the officers involved in the shooting, law enforcement leaders have reached out to mental health professionals for guidance on how best to care for them. They have also offered additional resources for counseling and therapy to help them process what they witnessed during the incident.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave pending a thorough investigation into what led up to the shooting. While it remains unclear what motivated Moreno’s actions, investigators are working closely with witnesses and evidence gathered at the scene in order to piece together a timeline of events leading up