PHOTO CREDIT HND MAGAZINE , LATE OFFICER HAROLD PRESTON ,S PHOTOGRAPH AT THE CENTRAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS HOUSTON .
The City of Houston police chief who also doubles as the leader of USA police chiefs of major cities, chief Art Acevedo held a press briefing on Wednesday the 21st of October 2020 at about 5 p.m. at the central police headquarters downtown Houston to update the city and nation on the ongoing investigations on the shooting of two police officers by undocumented El Salvadoran Elmer Manzano, that led to the death of a senior police officer, Sgt M.Preston.
The chief thanked the people of Houston, Texas, and the nation for their expressed show of love, support, and solidarity for the immediate family of the deceased, Preston, officer Waller in the hospital, and also the victim, a son, and wife.
Chief Acevedo said federal authorities including the justice department, and homeland security are involved in the investigations of the shooting, wounding, and death of Waller and Preston respectively.
Chief Acevedo cautioned against politicizing the case, as he defended the office of the district attorney against unfounded accusations of causing the death of officer Preston by not arresting the accused during the previous days calls on terroristic threats by the female partner who feared for their lives while in an abusive relationship.
Chief Acevedo said Elmer Manzano is being charged with capital murder, and aggravated assault in connection with the shooting, with consideration for the death penalty, the later which Chief Acevedo said may be appropriate within the circumstances when asked in a question.
In responding to a question from Dr. Akwo Ntuba Thompson of HND magazine and media, if it was okay for the officers to have allowed Manzano, s son to open the door and go in, considering the woman was out and the man had refused to open it, the chief said, that was also part of considerations about tactics in the ongoing investigations if that would have been the best approach.
US attorney Ryan Patrick has also made it clear that the accused Manzana, as an undocumented alien in possession of firearms, is charged as an alien felon in possession of firearms.
Dr. Ntuba Akwo Thompson asked chief Acevedo if he could advise on the protection for the abused undocumented woman and her son under immigration laws, and the chief referred to the homeland security arm of his department, assuring the public that the abused woman will be protected under the present immigration laws that protect people under their circumstances.
Chief Acevedo closed the briefing after speaking in Spanish, saying that people should continue praying for the family of the deceased and officer Waller receiving medical attention and to respect their privacies.
Funeral arrangements will be announced after the funeral of fire investigator officer Lemuel who was also murdered a few days ago while on duty investigating causes of recent arsons in Houston.
Dr. Akwo Ntuba Thompson