HOUSTON – Houston police officer Jerry Flores is in a coma and in critical condition after an accident Thursday at a golf course.
Organizers of the event at the golf course said that Flores, 53, was at the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club golf tournament, which helps injured officers and military members, when he fell off a golf cart and hit his head on the pavement. Flores was knocked unconscious.
Flores was taken to Cy-Fair Medical Center where he underwent surgery. Doctors said the next few days are critical to Flores' recovery.
"Everybody knows Jerry, not only in the department, but outside the department. Jerry was probably more known that Art Acevedo when he got here," close friend and HPD colleague Doug Griffith said.
The 26-year vet has worked in different departments and is currently serving in the gang division. He is also active in the community.
"The family is holding up strong. His brother and sister are by his side. They're hoping for a good prognosis, but it's going to be a while before they know anything," Griffith said.
Houston police chief Art Acevedo called Flores a "great member of our team" in a video he posted to Twitter.