HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston police are investigating whether a crash that killed two men and injured a police officer was a make-good on a threat against police officers.
The crash happened on the Eastex Freeway near Laura Koppe on the afternoon of New Year's Eve. According to HPD, a speeding sedan suddenly veered across all lanes of traffic and struck the back end of a Houston police cruiser parked on the shoulder.
The sedan flipped over the retaining wall and fell to the ground below. The impact killed Homar Palacios and Hugo Medrano. The police officer suffered minor injuries.
We've learned, in the early hours of that morning, a man identifying himself as Homar Palacios called the Harris County Sheriff's Office dispatch center saying he would kill any law enforcement officer who tried to arrest him.
Palacios had a warrant out for his arrest for holding a gun to the head of his estranged wife on Christmas Eve.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office confirms the call and that deputies asked him to surrender. He didn't.
That afternoon, the car Palacios was in inexplicably rammed into the back of a patrol car.
"I think that was a big coincidence, but I wasn't there," said Oneida Palacios, Homar's estranged wife.
She doesn't think that's something the father of their two sons could do-intentionally target a police officer, but she says he had gotten hooked on drugs.
Despite the couple's history of violence, Oneida is grieving.
"It's terrible for me. I lost the love of my life, still the love of my life, the father of my kids."
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