One officer dead, another critical after shooting in Houston’s south side

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Oct 21 – HPD Chief Acevedo says the death penalty will be pursued for the man who killed Sgt. Lloyd Preston. The 51YO shooter is charged with capital murder.

Oct 22 – Local law enforcement is responding online after Sergeant is killed, another officer injured Tuesday morning. A 14 YO was also shot at the scene.

The mayor of Houston and local police gave a statement about the shooting this morning. One officer has died. The other is in critical condition but expected to survive.

Here’s a look at that video:

The officer who has died is Sgt. Harold Preston, a 41-year veteran with the department. He was planning to retire this year. This is look at the scene…

Officer Courtney Waller, with the department three years, was shot in the arm and is expected to survive.

Early on as the scene broke at 7:55 in the morning, police got a call from a woman who said she “needed help moving out” in order to get her and her 14YO son to get out – and leave her estranged husband. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted “Please pray” Tuesday morning when the scene first broke.

The department arrived on scene just after 9:30a.m. Tuesday morning that Command Staff was headed to 2600 Holly Hall near south freeway 288. The 14 YO was also shot at the scene.

The department says the scene is still active and encourages people to avoid the area.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement after it was reported that two Houston Police Officers were shot in the line of duty this morning. Sergeant Harold Preston has died, and Officer Courtney Waller remains in the hospital with injuries.

(Nexstar Photo/Wes Rapaport)

“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.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott

This afternoon, a procession escorted the body of fallen HPD Sgt Harold Preston to the Medical Examiner’s Office:

Houston Police Officers Union’s Joe Gimaldi also shared these thoughts:

More of these Twitter threads of morning and prayers for Sgt. Harold Preston

Just yesterday, the City of Houston announced a Houston Crime Initiative because violence in Houston is up 11%.

More officers will be assigned to crime hotspots where crime has increased due to the pandemic.

Stick with for the latest update on this developing story.


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