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Elmer Manzano, man accused of killing Sgt. Harold Preston, makes first court appearance

HOUSTON – The man accused of killing a Houston police sergeant appeared before a judge for the first time Wednesday morning, where the judge upheld his no bond.

Wearing a yellow jumpsuit, 51-year-old Elmer Manzano had a bandage wrapped around his right arm and used headphones for a translator during his appearance.

Manzano is charged with capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated assault after being accused of killing HPD Sgt. Harold Preston and injuring Officer Courtney Waller in a shooting.

He is also facing two federal charges for possession of a gun since he is a convicted criminal.

Police said Manzano opened fire on officers who were responding to a domestic dispute on Oct. 20.

Manzano was also shot in the stomach by Preston during the gunfire exchange and was hospitalized for nearly a week.

During a probable cause hearing Sunday, prosecutors said Manzano claimed officers shot at him first before he returned fire.

Manzano’s next hearing is set for Dec. 2.


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