UPDATE: Officer killed, suspect in custody after 2 Houston officers struck by gunfire

State & Regional

HOUSTON, Texas– Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed in a tweet that two officers were shot and one suspect was in custody about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police later confirmed that one of the officers died.

The mayor identified the officer as Sergeant Harold Preston who had been with the police department for 41 years. A second officer was recovering, the mayor said.

The suspect was identified as Elmer Manzano, 51.

Police responded to 2600 Holly Hall where the incident occurred. Officers were called for a disturbance. A woman wanted to retrieve her things from the suspect’s residence.

Roughly an hour later the suspect’s son opened the door to the suspect’s residence. He yelled out that his dad had a gun, Acevedo said. The suspect immediately began firing at police. The suspect’s son was also injured.

By 10:30 a.m., Acevedo said the suspect was in custody and was being transported to the hospital. It was not immediately clear what injuries the suspect suffered.

Police provided an update shortly after 12:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement:

“Our hearts are with the family of Houston Police Sgt. Harold Preston who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning,” said Governor Abbott. “This tragic loss is a grave reminder of the dangers our brave law enforcement officers face while keeping our communities safe. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in lifting up Sgt. Preston’s family in prayer in their time of need. We also ask all Texans to pray for the speedy recovery of Houston Police Officer Courtney Waller who was shot while responding to the same incident and is recovering in the hospital. The state stands ready to assist the Houston Police Department in bringing to justice the perpetrators of this horrific tragedy.”

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