Suspect had HPD called on him twice over the weekend before sergeant killed

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Suspect had HPD called on him twice over the weekend
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Elmer Manzano, the man suspected of killing Sgt. Harold Preston, has a long history of domestic abuse, the HPD chief said.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As Houston's law enforcement community agonizes once again over the death of an officer, the person believed to have pulled the trigger had threatened his wife twice leading up to the shooting.

The suspect, Elmer Manzano, 51, was taken into custody from the Richmond Manor apartment complex on Holly Hall and then reportedly transported to Ben Taub Hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Police said he had barricaded himself in an apartment after two officers were wounded. Sgt. Harold Preston died from his injuries. This prompted SWAT team members to respond.

Chief Art Acevedo confirmed his department was called twice by Manzano's wife over domestic violence.

WATCH: Chief Art Acevedo explains the criminal history of Elmer Manzano

Chief Art Acevedo explains the criminal history of Elmer Manzano, who is the man believed to have shot and killed a 41-year HPD veteran.

Police documents obtained by ABC13 showed as recent as Sunday, the couple had a verbal fight over their 14-year-old son's custody. Officers were called at that time, where they found six bullets on Manzano but no gun.

The incident resulted in police reporting "no assault occurred."

Going a step further, the Harris County District Attorney's Office was willing to accept a terroristic threat charge if officers believed that an assault happened. Prosecutors stated on their charge refusal slip "officer does not believe offense occurred."

ABC13 also learned Manzano's wife made at least one other complaint against her husband, which was taken this past Saturday, making it two reports to police over one weekend.

We're also learning Manzano's 14-year-old son was caught in harm's way during Tuesday's incident. The teen was shot and later taken to Texas Children's Hospital. His condition was not immediately disclosed.

A search of Manzano's criminal history showed a December 2002 charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle, but Acevedo indicated Manzano had police called on him over repeated abuses to his family.


1 HPD sergeant killed, 1 wounded in shooting at apartment complex in SW Houston

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