A Houston police sergeant was killed and another officer was injured in a gunfire while answering a call that broke down.
The chief of Art Acevedo identified the deceased officer as the sergeant. Harold Preston, 41-year-old division veteran.
The shooting occurred at the 2600 block of Holly Hall at around 9:25 a.m.
Officers arrived at the compound at around 8:15 a.m. to make the initial distribution call. Houston Police say the suspect’s estranged wife was moving in and wanted to get some things out of the apartment, but the door was locked.
Officers spoke to the woman in the parking lot for about an hour.
At around 9:25 a.m., the police say the suspect’s 14-year-old son, who was in the parking lot with his mother, opened the apartment door and unlocked the door.
President Acevedo says the son saw the father carrying a rifle and told the officers. The police chief said that the suspect immediately began firing at the officers.
Officer Courtney Waller was injured in the arm. Sgt. Preston was shot in the head and shoulder, according to President Acevedo.
The officers called for help. The responding officers were able to transfer the sergeant. Preston is away from the apartment’s front door.
Both officers were taken to hospital, where the sergeant is. Preston later died. The 14-year-old boy was also hospitalized with a live bullet in the arm.
The suspect, Prosecutor Elmer Manzano, 51, surrendered at around 10:26 am.
President Acevedo said that the suspect was injured in the stomach area during an exchange of fire, and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Several agencies are investigating, including the Special Investigations Unit, the Attorney General’s Office and Home Affairs.
Remember President Acevedo Sgt. Preston is a “hero.”
“Those of us who knew, loved, and respected Sgt. Harold Preston knew he was a wonderful, courageous and humble servant, of a wonderful family. While many may never say his name, or honor his life in selfless service, we will never forget. RIP’s gentle hero, we will celebrate you. President Acevedo wrote on Twitter.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Houston Police Sgt Harold Preston, who was shot dead in the line of duty this morning. This tragic loss is a grave reminder of the dangers of our brave law enforcement officers face while keeping our communities safe,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement. In Texas, join us in raising the family of Sgt Preston in prayer in time of need.We also ask all Texas residents to pray for the speedy recovery of Houston Police Officer Courtney Waller who was shot while responding to the same accident while recovering in hospital. Houston, in bringing the perpetrators of this horrific tragedy to justice. “