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One of 2 Texas officers shot at apartment complex dies

The two Houston officers were shot at an apartment complex near the Texas Medical Center.
The two Houston officers were shot at an apartment complex near the Texas Medical Center.(CNN VAN)
Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 10:51 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 7:48 PM CDT
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HOUSTON, Texas (KWTX) - A suspect was in custody Tuesday morning after two Houston officers were shot at an apartment complex near the Texas Medical Center.

The two officers were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where one, Sgt. Harold Preston, later died.

Preston was a 41-year veteran of the Houston Police Department.

The second officer, Courtney Waller, was struck in the arm and was in stable condition.

A 14-year-old boy was also shot.

He’s also expected to recover.

A brief standoff ensued before police arrested the suspect, whom police identified as Elmer Manzano.

He was struck in the abdomen in an exchange of gunfire with officers.

A report of a disturbance at around 8 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment building led to the shooting.

“Sgt. Preston served Houston for 41 years, a testament to his remarkable dedication to service,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement.

“Jan and I will be praying for Sgt. Preston’s family, friends and the Houston Police Department, and we ask that you join us in doing the same. We also pray for the quick recovery of Officer Courtney Waller, who was wounded in the same incident.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also expressed sympathy.

“Texans grieve today, yet again, as a courageous police sergeant was senselessly murdered in the line of duty," he said.

Officers around our state bravely serve and deserve our utmost honor and respect, especially during this time. Please join me and Angela as we pray for Sgt. Preston’s family, the people of Houston, and for the recovery of Houston Police Officer Courtney Waller who was shot while responding to the same incident and is now recovering. Now and in the days ahead, my office stands ready to support the Houston Police Department however we can.”

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