Harold Preston Biography – Harold Preston Wiki
Harold Preston was a Houston police officer who was fatally shot on Tuesday during a violent standoff with a man who had repeatedly been accused of domestic abuse.
As KHOU reports, Houston Police Sergeant. Harold Preston, 65, died after being shot multiple times in the head and spine during a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex in Houston on Tuesday morning.
Law enforcement has identified the suspect as 51-year-old Elmer Manzano, who was shot in the stomach and was hospitalized. Manzano’s 14-year-old son was also shot and is expected to recover.
Additionally, Houston Police Officer Courtney Waller was shot in the arm.
At a press conference, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that the officers arrived at the apartment complex around 8 am Tuesday after the suspect’s absent wife called for help. The police chief said the officers – Preston, Waller, and a third officer – spoke with the woman in the parking lot for about an hour. It was reported that the woman told the police that she wanted to take her belongings safely and leave the flat.
ABC 13 received police documents showing that the woman had called the police twice the previous weekend after she and the suspect had argued in at least one incident regarding the custody of her 14-year-old son. The report shows that the woman said that Manzano was threatening her. The report gives a few details about the complaint filed on Saturday. On Sunday, the responding officers found Manzano with six bullets in his person, but could not find a weapon. Police records show that although prosecutors seemed ready to file a criminal complaint against the suspect, one police officer wrote “no attack took place” in the report.
Instead, prosecutors wrote “the officer does not believe that the crime has occurred” on a dismissal slip, according to the ABC 13 report.
It is unclear whether any of the police involved in the weekend events were among the three who reported to the scene Tuesday morning.
The exact timeline of the conflict and the coldness of the police remains unclear, and local reports provide conflicting information. According to ABC 13, the couple’s 14-year-old son was in the parking lot with his mother while talking to the officers and reportedly said he was locked at home. At one point the boy managed to get into the house and told the officers that his father had a gun.
It was alleged that Manzano soon opened fire by hitting police officers. Officer Preston, the force’s 41-year veteran, was hospitalized by ambulance and later declared dead. According to the report, more police officers and SWAT team agents arrived at the scene and Manzano surrendered just before 10:30 as his home was surrounded.
ABC 13 reported that an elderly woman was also in the house and appeared to be undamaged. It is unclear whether Manzano or the officers returning to fire shot the 14-year-old boy.
According to the report, Preston lived with his aging parents and took care of them in his old age. He was also engaged to be married.
The KHOU reports that Preston is only two weeks into his retirement. The Houston Police Department is planning his funeral.
This is a developing story and all information is preliminary.