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HOUSTON -- A retired Houston police officer was hospitalized in critical condition on Monday after more than 25 rounds were fired at a southeast Houston apartment, KPRC Local 2 reported.Investigators said two men jumped out of a vehicle with assault weapons at the Plum Creek apartments, 6969 South Loop East, shortly after 1 p.m.The gunmen told everyone to get down and started firing shots into the apartment.
Belle Ortega was critically wounded. The retired officer was at the apartment visiting family, witnesses said.Ortega was the first Hispanic female officer in the Houston Police Department.There's no word yet on a possible motive.

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Retired Houston Officer Shot In Drive-By Dies

Houston's first Hispanic female police officer died Monday from wounds she suffered in a drive-by shooting, KPRC Local 2 reported.
Retired officer Velia "Belle" Ortega was visiting family members at the Plum Creek Apartments in the 6900 block of South Loop East at about 1:20 p.m. on July 21.
Houston police said 20-year-olds Andrew Garcia and Raziel Jesus Munoz and 17-year-old Bruno Aviles had a dispute about a car with Ortega's family.
Investigators said Munoz fired shots into the family's apartment, wounding Ortega as she watched television.
Garcia, Munoz and Aviles have been arrested. Munoz and Aviles have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and Garcia has been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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