Family of George Floyd and local leaders participate in ‘Stop the Violence’ community march, rally
The Houston Police Department teamed up with the Houston chapter of the NAACP to host a rally meant to address the recent rise in crime as well as provide community members the opportunity to “discuss issues of concern within their community, improve police and community relations.”
Influx of murders in the Houston area likely linked to the pandemic, according to mayor
The Houston Police Department's unofficial tally has recorded 339 murders in the Houston area this year — a drastic 44 percent increase from last year's 235 murders. According to KHOU's Jeremy Rogalski and Tina Macias, Houston is on track to record more murders than any year in more than a decade. The news comes just after Houston police Sergeant Sean Rios was shot and killed Monday by an unknown suspect. Harold Preston remembered for devoting career to communityAccording to Mayor Sylvester Turner, the pandemic and high crime rates are likely correlated. Murder isn't the only violent crime to see an increase in numbers—reported assaults in Houston have gone up as well.chron.com
These are the Houston police officers who have died in the past year
HOUSTON – The death of a Houston police sergeant Monday marks the fourth line-of-duty death for the Houston Police Department since December. Sean Rios is seen in this duty photo provided by the Houston Police Department on Nov. 9, 2020. Sean Rios died after being hit by gunfire during a shootout along the North Freeway on Nov. 9, 2020. Elmer Manzano is charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder in connection with the case. Arturo Solis has been charged with capital murder in connection with Brewster’s death.
WATCH: Houston police Sgt. Harold Preston laid to rest in Athens, Texas
Dozens of police motorcycles and vehicles lined up in a parking lot on the campus of Texas Southern University to escort fallen HPD Sgt. Harold Preston to a north Texas cemetery. Harold Preston? | Fiancee of fallen HPD Sgt. Harold L. Preston Arrives at North Athens Cemetery Pt 2 #RIPSgtPreston https://t.co/lLluToXxAv — Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 31, 2020
Family, colleagues pay respects to Sgt. Harold Preston at funeral
HOUSTON – Family, friends and colleagues honored a fallen Houston police sergeant Thursday. Harold Preston was killed in the line of duty last week while responding to a domestic disturbance. Harold Preston? READ: Fiancee of fallen HPD Sgt. Harold Preston: ‘He can’t take away my memories’
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. 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.
‘I’m really proud of him’: HPD Sgt. Harold Preston honored at candlelight vigil by family, friends
HOUSTON – Family and friends of Houston Police Sgt. Harold Preston celebrated his life and service with the Houston Police Department at a vigil Tuesday night. HPD Southwest Command and The Hiram Clarke Storefront Association presented the event and dozens of first responders and family and friends attended. I’m really going to miss him.”“Thank you so much for all the honor you have given my son,” Preston’s mother, Anne, said at the vigil. Officer Courtney Waller was also shot in the arm and is recovering in the hospital in stable condition.
Suspect accused of killing HPD Sgt. Preston booked in jail wearing sergeant’s handcuffs
HOUSTON – The man charged with killing a Houston police sergeant was booked into jail -- wearing that sergeant’s own handcuffs. The Houston Police Officer’s Union tweeted Monday afternoon that Manzano was booked into Harris County Jail while wearing Sgt. He is accused of shooting and killed HPD Sgt. Preston will take place Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Texas Southern University, Granville Sawyer Auditorium, 3100 Cleburne Street. Due to COVID-19 protocols, HPD is asking that the funeral service be reserved for family, friends, HPD staff and those who knew Sgt.
Public invited to say goodbye to Sgt. Harold Preston during visitation
HOUSTON – The City of Houston is honoring a fallen Houston police sergeant. Sergeant Harold Preston was killed in the line of duty last week responding to a domestic disturbance call near NRG Park. The viewing is from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.RELATED: Fiancee of fallen HPD Sgt. Harold Preston: ‘He can’t take away my memories’On Saturday, Oct. 31, the department will motorcade with the family through the city of Houston so Houstonians can say a final goodbye to their fallen hero. Preston was killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance call on Tuesday.
Here’s what to do if you think someone is a victim of domestic violence
HOUSTON – Domestic violence is on the rise nationally and both our local police and hospitals are noticing the surge. This week, officers were shot while responding to a domestic violence call, where Sgt. “We know what happens all too often in these domestic violence situations when a woman has had enough and that abusive husband ends up committing murder,” Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said. Fisher said risk factors for domestic violence are social and financial stress. The U.S. Department of Justice is trying to relieve this problem with a plan to provide $160 million for victim assistance.
Body of HPD Sgt. Preston escorted to funeral home
HOUSTON – The body of a slain Houston police sergeant was escorted Friday to a funeral home. Harold Preston was shot and killed Tuesday after responding to a domestic disturbance. Friday’s police escort marked the next step in the fallen hero’s journey to his final resting in East Texas in Athens, where HPD Sgt. Harold Preston was raised. READ: Funeral details for fallen HPD Sgt.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Friday, Oct. 23
Here are things to know for Friday, Oct. 23:1. He is now facing several charges, including capital murder against a peace officer, attempted capital murder against a peace officer and aggravated assault. Mattress Mack converts part of Gallery Furniture into trade school, charter schoolHouston icon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale has stepped up once again to help our community. On Thursday, Mattress Mack converted part of Gallery Furniture into a trade and a charter school complete with childcare and life coaches. The more serious second-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin remains.
Wife of man accused in death of HPD sergeant says officers saved her, her son’s life attorney says
Harold Preston, who gave more than 40 years of his life to the Houston Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty. He is now facing several charges, including capital murder against a peace officer, attempted capital murder against a peace officer and aggravated assault. Manzano’s wife, Santos Mejia, says Preston and officer Courtney Waller saved her life. She says if it wasn’t for the officers she and her 14-year-old son would not be alive. She made it very clear that if it wasn’t for Sgt.
ONLY ON 2: US attorney discusses federal charges filed in Manzano case
HOUSTON – Ryan Patrick, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, spoke to KPRC 2 on Thursday about the federal charges his office brought against Elmer Manzano, the man accused of killing a Houston police sergeant and wounding another officer. “We brought two federal charges -- one for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for being an alien in possession of a firearm,” Patrick said. Manzano, a 51-year old convicted felon, is accused of shooting and killing Houston police Sgt. Federal charging documents show that as early as Saturday, Houston police knew Manzano had a gun. On both occasions, the wife said Manzano displayed a weapon and she feared for her life.
Fiancee of fallen HPD Sgt. Harold Preston: ‘He can’t take away my memories’
HOUSTON – Flenda Whitney shared so many memories about her fiance Sgt. Harold Preston, who was killed in the line of duty in Tuesday’s shooting in Houston. That’s the man Whitney says she remembers. It was a love story and friendship that started in 1985 for Whitney and Preston. “He can’t take away my memories, I have years of memories.
‘His legacy is not going to die with us.’ HPD officers, community remember fallen Sgt. Harold Preston
One of those who came up under Preston’s watch was HPD executive assistant chief Troy Finner. Preston every step of the way,” Finner said. “If you needed something, he had the answers,” Finner said, adding Preston was not one for pomp and circumstance. Rather, Finner said Preston took policing seriously. Evans-Shabazz said that answer simple: Preston was human and treated everyone else the way he’d prefer to be treated.
Acevedo, Ogg defend police, DA’s office in handling of previous Manzano incidents
Officers encountered Elmer Manzano during previous calls to the home of Manzano’s estranged wife. Officers searched Manzano and found bullets but no weapon, according to the report. Manzano told officers that he has a gun but it’s stored in a safe, according to the report. If that conviction had shown up, officers would have known that Manzano was violating federal gun laws by possessing a weapon. “We did our best to deal with what we knew at the time, and so did the DA’s office,” Acevedo said.
Elmer Manzano Charged With Capital Murder In Killing of HPD Sgt. Harold Preston
On Wednesday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo gave an update on the fatal shooting of Houston Police Department Sgt. Acevedo said that Waller and Manzano’s son remain in stable condition, although Waller will likely need to undergo additional surgeries in the days ahead. Manzano’s son then used a key to open the door. Manzano’s son was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital while Waller and Preston were transported to Memorial Hermann, where Preston passed away surrounded by family. On Sunday and Monday, HPD received domestic violence complaints about Manzano, all of which Waller responded to.houstonpress.com
HPD Police Chief says No. 1 focus is the capital murder investigation for fallen sergeant Preston
Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said it appears that the gunshot wound Elmer Manzano suffered during Tuesday’s shooting was from gunfire returned by HPD Sgt. Acevedo said it also appears Preston, who Manzano had pointed a gun at, was reaching for his pistol and attempting to back out of the apartment when Manzano opened fire. He said Preston was hit several times, Officer Courtney Weller was hit in the arm and Manzano’s 14-year-old son was also hit. Prosecutors have charged Manzano with capital murder, attempted capital murder and aggravated assault in connection with the shooting. And the suspect immediately opened fire.”The investigation remains on-going into all of the specifics on how the shooting played out.
‘On the table’: DA mulls whether to seek death penalty against suspect in HPD sergeant’s slaying
The responding officers, 3-year veteran Officer Courtney Waller, 41-year veteran Sgt. Harold Preston and a 5-year veteran officer arrived at the scene and met Manzano’sestranged wife, who had called police. READ: 41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Preston was surrounded by family when he died at the hospital Tuesday, HPD Chief Art Acevedo said. Police said Manzano was taken into custody and hospitalized at Ben Taub after he was shot in the stomach by Sgt.
HPD officer recovering after deadly shooting in southwest Houston
HOUSTON – An HPD officer is recovering at Memorial Hermann Hospital following a shooting at a southwest apartment complex on Tuesday. Officer Courtney Waller was shot in the arm while responding to a disturbance call on Holly Hall Road. Harold Preston was also shot while responding to the disturbance call but later died from his injuries. RELATED: 41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials say“He’s an amazingly unique officer with a heart of gold,” said Lorie Luen.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, Oct. 21
Here are things to know for Wednesday, Oct. 21:1. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials sayHouston authorities said veteran Houston Police Officer Sgt. He was struck multiple times, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. State officials said Tuesday that the licenses for Lux Lounge, The Standard, Spire and Sol Billares have been suspended for 30 days as part of a weeklong effort to enforce the state’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Also, 4,588 COVID-19 patients were in Texas hospitals Tuesday, the most since 4,907 cases were reported in hospitals on Aug. 26.
Who was HPD Sgt. Harold Preston?
Harold Lloyd Preston, a 41-year veteran of the force, was shot to death after responding to a disturbance call Tuesday morning. READ: 41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Outside Memorial Hermann Hospital Trauma Center, law enforcement, loved ones, city leaders and firefighters wanted the families to know they are not alone. READ: Elmer Manzano: What we know about suspect after 2 Houston police officers shotAcevedo said Preston died while being surrounded by his loved ones. He said doctors were able to keep Preston alive so that he could say goodbye to his loved ones.
41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials say
HOUSTON – Houston authorities said veteran Houston Police Officer Sgt. Harold Preston has died after a shooting near NRG Tuesday morning. Harold Preston, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning. The responding officers -- a 3-year veteran officer, a 5-year veteran officer and Preston -- arrived at the scene and met the woman who had called police. The two officers who were shot -- Courtney Waller and Preston -- were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital at 9:32.