A 41-year veteran of the Houston police power died on Tuesday after being shot a number of occasions within the head whereas one other officer who was additionally shot throughout the identical incident was being handled within the hospital, the town’s police chief stated.
Police Chief Artwork Acevedo stated Elmer Manzano, a 51-year previous Hispanic male, fired at officers responding to a disturbance name at an residence in southwest Houston, wounding Officer Courtney Waller and killing Sergeant Harold Preston.
Waller has three years on the power whereas Preston, 65, served the town for 41 years, Acevedo stated.
“Sadly his wounds weren’t survivable. He was shot greater than as soon as within the head, and likewise acquired a gunshot by means of the shoulder space that embedded in his backbone,” Acevedo informed a briefing outdoors Memorial Hermann Hospital the place Preston died.
Waller was shot within the arm and is in secure situation, whereas Manzano took a bullet to the stomach however is predicted to outlive, Acevedo stated. Manzano’s 14-year previous son was additionally shot throughout the gunfire however is predicted to recuperate, Acevedo stated.
The officers had been dispatched to the residence to assist a lady who stated she was making an attempt to maneuver out however that her estranged husband – Manzano – wouldn’t enable her to gather her issues. She was outdoors the residence with the 14-year previous son.
When the son opened the door to the residence, he alerted the officers that Manzano was armed. Manzano then shot a number of rounds on the officers, who returned hearth, Acevedo stated.
Manzano surrendered about an hour later, Acevedo stated.
“Our hearts are with the household of Houston Police Sgt. Harold Preston who was shot and killed within the line of responsibility this morning,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated on Twitter. “This tragic loss is a grave reminder of the risks our courageous regulation enforcement officers face whereas preserving our communities secure.”