A Houston cop was killed and another wounded when a domestic dispute turned deadly in the Texas city Tuesday morning, according to police and reports.
Police Sgt. Harold Preston, a 41-year veteran of the department, was shot more than once in the head, while officer Courtney Waller was shot wounded in the arm during the incident, ABC13-TV reported.
“I would just say this about Sgt. Preston,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at an afternoon briefing. “This man’s been around 41 years and people throw out the word hero all the time. And I’m not calling him because the way he died today, but he is a hero.”
“He’s leading from where we want our sergeants to lead, from the front,” the chief said. “He’s leading with his men and woman on the streets, instead of choosing to sit in an office drinking coffee and reading the paper. That’s the man he was.”
Acevedo said Preston’s family, including his mother and 23-year-old daughter, were at his side at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
The fatal incident began shortly before 8 a.m. local time when police were summoned to the home by the gunman’s estranged wife, who wanted to move out of the apartment, Acevedo said.
Cops remained at the scene for about 90 minutes with the woman and her 14-year-old son — when the gunman unlocked the door and opened fire on officers.
The suspect, identified as Elmer Manzano, 51, surrendered about an hour later after police swarmed the neighborhood.
The teenager, who is Manzano’s son, was struck in the arm by a bullet and treated at Texas Children’s Hospital for a non-life-threatening wound, the chief said during the briefing.
Acevedo said cops had been at the home before and responded to domestic incidents there twice over the weekend.
Acevedo initially reported the incident on Twitter, posting, “We have had two officers struck by gunfire. Please pray! More to follow.”
Acevedo later tweeted that the suspected had been taken into custody “without further incident.”
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