Houston Shooting Today: Shooting In US, 1 Police Officer Killed, 1 Injured
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.