Two Houston police officers in hospital after shooting in southeast Houston

Governor Abbott statement on death of Houston Police Sergeant

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities say two Houston police officers were shot before a SWAT team was dispatched to the scene, where the suspect was arrested. Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted Tuesday that two officers had been shot. Joe Gamaldi, the head of the Houston police officers union, says two officers were taken to a hospital. It wasn’t immediately known what condition they were in. The circumstances of the shooting in the southeast part of the city are unclear and more information was not immediately available.

AUSTIN – 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.

“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.”

See the chief of police Twitter feed here.