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Houston police officer killed in shooting incident



A Houston police officer died on Tuesday after being shot while another officer who responded to the same incident was being treated for injuries in the hospital, according to a statement from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.


(Reuters) - A 41-year veteran of the Houston police force died on Tuesday after being shot multiple times in the head while another officer who was also shot during the same incident was being treated in the hospital, the city's police chief said.


Police Chief Art Acevedo said Elmer Manzano, a 51-year old Hispanic male, fired at officers responding to a disturbance call at an apartment in southwest Houston, wounding Officer Courtney Waller and killing Sergeant Harold Preston.


Waller has three years on the force while Preston, 65, served the city for 41 years, Acevedo said.


"Unfortunately his wounds were not survivable. He was shot more than once in the head, and also received a gunshot through the shoulder area that embedded in his spine," Acevedo told a briefing outside Memorial Hermann Hospital where Preston died.



Waller was shot in the arm and is in stable condition, while Manzano took a bullet to the abdomen but is expected to survive, Acevedo said. Manzano's 14-year old son was also shot during the gunfire but is expected to recover, Acevedo said.


The officers were dispatched to the apartment to help a woman who said she was trying to move out but that her estranged husband - Manzano - would not allow her to collect her things. She was outside the apartment with the 14-year old son.


When the son opened the door to the apartment, he alerted the officers that Manzano was armed. Manzano then shot multiple rounds at the officers, who returned fire, Acevedo said.


Manzano surrendered about an hour later, Acevedo said.


"Our hearts are with the family of Houston Police Sgt. Harold Preston who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning," Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Twitter. "This tragic loss is a grave reminder of the dangers our brave law enforcement officers face while keeping our communities safe."


(Reporting by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; editing by Jonathan Oatis, David Gregorio and Marguerita Choy)



-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-10-21
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Domestic disturbance calls are some of the most dangerous situations for police.  They arrive to a highly emotional situation and can have both parties turn on them.  Many instances of being shot or stabbed by one of the parties involved and they need to be on high alert.  Very sad and tragic when this happens.  RIP to the officer killed.

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1 hour ago, AndyFoxy said:

Shot by an illegal immigrant. 

Shot with a gun that seems to be a status symbol in the US of the A.


 RIP, cop. You knew the risk. Sorry for your family and friends. 

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It's still a bit light, as a reflection.
Of course, this policeman knew the risks, but he and those close to him hoped that he would end his life differently.
Fortunately, there are people who risk their lives to protect you or your life.

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I guess this is basically why, in an armed society, police shoot first and ask questions later. We're a long way from The Blue Lamp here.

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