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Houston Police Sergeant Harold Preston was killed in the line of duty Tuesday. He had been with the Houston Police Department for 41 years and was due to retire at year’s end. As tragic as that is, his death was 100% preventable. His partner also was shot and will survive his injuries. In addition, the shooter’s own 14-year-old son was shot.
The suspect, Elmer Manzano, a convicted felon with multiple prior assaults on his record, was in custody, detailed just a day before this tragedy occurred. On October 18, HPD officers responded to a call from Mrs. Santos, stated that her ex-husband, Elmer Manzano, was at the location brandishing a gun, threatening Mrs. Santos and her children.
Officers took Manzano into custody that day but Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg declined to take charges, instructing Officers to release him and return the six bullets he had in his pocket. He was also allowed to keep his gun, which he claimed was locked in his safe. Had charges been accepted, Manzano might be back on the street, but his gun and ammunition would have been seized and held as evidence. No gun would have meant no dead officer and injured officer.
Tuesday, responding to another call from Mrs. Santos, officers responded. Manzano answered the door with gunshots at point-blank range. The two officers and Manzano’s 14-year-old son were hit.
This was 100 percent preventable. The actions of Harris County DA Kim Ogg are inexcusable. While Manzano pulled the trigger, Ogg put the gun in his hands. Her actions are directly responsible for the death of HPD Sergeant Harold Preston.
Citizens mourn the tragic and senseless loss of HPD Sgt. Preston. They have an opportunity to ensure this does not happen again. DA Ogg’s fate is in the hands of Harris County voters now. She is on the ballot today. Vote to keep your streets, your neighborhoods, your homes, and your family safe. Vote to keep the men and women of law enforcement from preventable perils. Vote to hold Kim Ogg responsible for Sgt. Preston’s death.
This is yet another dead police officer at the hands of a Soros-funded district attorney — the first Democrat DA in 40 years in Houston. I’ll note that the voters of Harris County are getting what they asked for, good and hard. There will be a lot of pain and suffering for citizens until the voters understand what they have done and get hold of their senses.
RIP, Sgt. Preston.