Sgt. Harold Preston

End of Watch. One Houston police officer killed, another wounded in shooting; suspect and suspect’s son also shot

The two were shot at an apartment complex Tuesday morning.

The chief said Sgt. Preston was surrounded by family before he succumbed to his injuries. He served as a police officer for 41 years.

“We lave lost a wonderful human being,” the police chief said.

Even though Sgt. Preston was black, don’t expect Black Lives Matter to take notice. Or the media, or the Left in general to take notice. Doesn’t serve the narrative.

NOTE: Counting down to the end on WordPress. Please see this post and future posts at my new home: 357 Magnum over on Blogspot. And you should update any links. (Posts are in both places right now. That is a small, but not meaningless bit of work on my part, so it will continue for a VERY short time.)

A Son Defends His Mother

I wish that someone from the gun-hating Left would tell me what he should have done differently? HPD: Son fatally shoots man who attacked his parents, inappropriately touched his mother

A 39-year-old man inappropriately touched a woman and beat up her husband before the couple’s son shot and killed him in southeast Houston, police said early Friday.

You can file this under “Another failure of the victim-selection process.” And while…

Detectives said a surveillance video from a nearby restaurant matched the family’s story.

The case goes to a grand jury.

Self-defense is a human-right, and this took place in Texas, not New Jersey. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

“Just Give Them What They Want” Is Supposed to Prevent Injury

crime scene tapeBut it is not a guarantee of safety. Armed robbers wanted after shooting store clerk at Starr Shop in Houston.

Two miscreants broke into a store using concrete to smash a window. They attack the clerk in an effort to get cash.

Police say it’s clear that the employee wasn’t offering any resistance, but they are questioning why the suspect still decided to shoot him.

Because violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals because of anything you are or are not doing.

“Just give them what they want,” or cooperation, is a strategy to deal with a violent encounter. I think it is a fairly poor strategy in the long run, though a lot of employers would rather see injured employees than armed employees.

The employee is expected to survive his injuries.

The Breakdown of Civilization Continues

Lawlessness is the new norm. Suspect punches 83-year-old man, steals his car before running over him, Houston police say.

Police in Texas are searching for a suspect accused of attacking an 83-year-old man, taking his car and running over him with the stolen vehicle.

Here’s a link to the surveillance photo the monster who ran-over an 83-year-old man.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who notes White Lives Don’t Matter: Democrats Encourage Murderous Racial Hatred.

If the races were reversed — if a white man had attacked a black man, stolen his car and run over him — wouldn’t this story be covered by the New York Times, CNN and every other major national media outlet?

As it is, this is strictly “local news.”

Texans Are Still Armed

And the “How dare you live without me” attitude never turns out well. HPD: Woman’s boyfriend shoots ex-boyfriend after door to their apartment is kicked in.

Investigators believe a man kicked in the door to an apartment where his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend were. Police said the current boyfriend grabbed a gun and shot the ex-boyfriend, in fear for his life.

No charges have been filed in the shooting, because self-defense is a human-right, and this happened in Texas.

Texans Are Still Armed…

Bad guys are still getting shot. The bad guys still haven’t read that memo. Store clerk opens fire on robbery suspects, killing one, police say.

The store was closed, but they forced their way in anyway.

The clerk was in a plexiglass pod when he was approached by the robbers, police said.

The clerk, fearing for his life, opened fire on the suspects, wounding and killing one of the men, police said. A second suspect ran from the scene while two others drove away in a dark-colored BMW.

A guy with a gunshot wound was found a short distance away, and taken to a hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right, and this took place in Texas, not New Jersey.

Texans Are Still Armed…

Home invaders are still getting shot. Intruder attempting to break into home shot by homeowner in north Houston.

According to the homeowner, the intruder climbed over his private fence and attempted to get inside of his home multiple times.

That’s when the homeowner fired twice through the door, Harris County deputies said, hitting the suspect twice — once in each leg.

The would-be bad-guy is expected to survive.

Self-defense is a human-right. And it’s Texas. You would think bad guys would figure out that breaking into an occupied home was a bad idea. But then, if they were smart, they wouldn’t be bad guys.

Texans Are Still Armed…

Bad guys are still getting shot. Houston homeowner shoots would-be intruder, police say.

The man heard noises coming from the back of his house in the 1800 block of Capron Street in northeast Houston around 1:30 a.m., according to Houston Police Department Lt. Ronnie Wilkins. Checking on the noise, he saw someone’s hand reaching into the home near an air-conditioning unit, so he went and grabbed a pistol, Wilkins said.

This would-be bad-guy is expected to survive. The homeowner has not been charged.

Neighbor Stops Gunfight

Well, at least one of the people had a gun. Neighbor stops fight where man shot gun 11 times, neighbors say.

Silas said the Good Samaritan lives upstairs and saw him intervene.

“He had the shooter up against the wall,” described Silas.

Silas also said the Good Samaritan got a hold of the gun and was able to give it to police when officers arrived. It’s unclear what led to the gunfight, but Silas said it’s a miracle no one was seriously injured or killed.

At least 11 shots were fired and no one was injured? Maybe it was a Christmas miracle.

Honor Killing in Houston

Because it is about 10th Century rules. Honor killings perpetrated by Ali Irsan in Houston, Texas: Love and Hate Crime investigates.

A series of 3 honor killings took place over 15 years in Houston, Texas. Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan orchestrated the murder of two sons-in-law, and a friend of his daughter, because they had supposedly insulted his family honor.

But of course the biggest insult….

Police believe that Ali Isran, a conservative Muslim, was enraged by his daughter, Nesreen, marrying Coty Beavers and converting to Christianity.

The Future is stupid.

Texans Are Still Armed, Bad Guys Still Getting Shot

It isn’t New Jersey, after all. Suspect shot during west Houston gas station robbery.

He cooperated with the robber, until he saw an opportunity.

The clerk complied with the suspect and started cleaning out the register, at which point the suspect became distracted with a set of lottery tickets behind the counter, police said.

With the suspect’s attention away from him, the clerk pulled a pistol of his own and started shooting at the gunman.

The would-be bad-guy was taken to a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

He Thought Having a Gun Made Him Dangerous

He was mistaken. HPD: Robber shot to death with own gun by homeowner in Westbury.

Police said an armed man walked up to a homeowner who was in his garage with intentions of robbing the man.

The homeowner was able to get the gun from the robber and shoot the suspect to death, police said.

A grand jury will decide what happens next.

“There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.”

― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (published 1959)

Texans Are Still Armed, Home Invaders Still Getting Shot

Yet another failure of the victim-selection process. Homeowner shoots and kills man accused of breaking into home.

Two miscreants decide it would be a good idea to break into a home in Houston, Texas.

According to police, the homeowner shot one intruder several times, but the other suspect ran away.

The guy who got shot died at a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Was Out On Personal Recognizance. Now He’s Dead

Bail Reform claims another victim. Teen who shot HPD officer was out on bond: Records.

He was arrested on trespass and carjacking charges. He was release on “Bond.” (Is PR really a bond?) Then he, and three others, got into it with a cop. There was a struggle for the officer’s weapon, and the cop ended up being shot in the leg, and facing a 5 hour surgery. The kid who was out on “bond” was shot and killed. Of the other three miscreants, two are in custody, one ran.

A 29-year-old Houston police officer is out of surgery and walking after being shot by a suspect on Thursday.

The four started the night by carjacking an SUV, but it was nearly out of gas, so a short time later they committed robbery. Against a priest.

“A priest. You heard that right. A priest in the parking lot was approached by four black males,” [HPD Chief Art] Acevedo said.

[SNIP]
“This priest has indicated he was on his knees praying for his life,” Acevedo said.

It seems to have paid off in this case because their gun jammed, they did beat him and take 2 cellphones, but they didn’t shoot him.

Then they committed another robbery a short time later. And then police spotted them.

So, according to the bail reform crowd, was letting this kid out on PR bond a good thing, or a bad thing? (Second City Cop would say, “the self-cleaning oven is in action.” But he is jaded and cynical.)

And about 48 hours after his surgery, the officer, is up and walking.

He suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

This was in Texas. Did he think it was New Jersey? Woman shoots man who reached into car and tried to steal purse in SW Houston: Police.

Police say Lachelle Hudgins had just parked her vehicle outside her home when two men reached through her driver’s side window and grabbed her purse. Before they could take it, Hudgins frantically reached into her bag and grabbed her gun.

For some reason, she only had 2 cartridges in the firearm. She shot twice and apparently hit one of the would-be miscreants.

The suspect underwent surgery. He’s expected to face aggravated robbery charges.

Hudgins told ABC13 that she still can’t believe she survived an attempted robbery unscathed.

Hat tip to The Other McCain with Oops! Tried to Rob the Wrong Woman!.

If you want to read more about armed self-defense, permit me to recommend the work of my good friend Robert A. Waters. He has written multiple books about such situations, including The Best Defense: True Stories of Intended Victims Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm, and his most recent book, co-authored with his son, Guns and Self-Defense: 23 Inspirational True Crime Stories of Survival with Firearms.

Texas, Self-defense, and Puppies

This is Texas, and so self-defense is understood, but the rest of the story has me at Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. Man shot in the face during fight over puppies, police say.

Investigators believe the man went to a home, pulled out a gun, demanded the puppies and was shot by the homeowner in self defense.

The guy who got shot is expected to be OK, but things could have been very bad for him.

Texans still armed. Bad guys still getting shot. This makes less sense than usual.

The War on (Some) Drugs™ Claims 2 Innocent Lives

And another lying cop, who has more than 1000 cases being reviewed, is behind the mess. ‘No One Will Hurt You,’ a SWAT Officer Promised an Hour After Houston Cops Killed a Couple Falsely Accused of Selling Heroin.

Oh, and the whole SWAT team seemed to have realized it was a “mistake” because they seem to have gone to tremendous lengths to spin things.

The 2 “suspects” (innocent people who were killed in their own home doing nothing) were reported “down, at about 5PM. They were declared dead at 5:15. At 6:09, some cop starts a “negotiation” over a bullhorn, because that would be good theater. Too bad everyone who isn’t a cop (and their dog) were dead by then.

The lie that lead to the death of 2 people…

Among other things, Doyle wants to ask Follis and Todd about the “supervision and monitoring” of warrant applications and the use of confidential informants. Those are crucial issues in this case, since the raid that killed Tuttle and Nicholas seems to have been based on a “controlled buy” of “black-tar heroin” that never happened, carried out by a C.I. who does not exist.

And the lying liar who put the whole thing in motion?

Goines had a history of questionable testimony and affidavits. In February, KHOU, the CBS station in Houston, looked at 109 cases in which he was involved. “In every one of those cases in which he claimed confidential informants observed guns inside,” it reported, “no weapons were ever recovered, according to evidence logs Goines filed with the court.” In the Harding Street case, Goines likewise said his C.I. had seen a gun, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, that was never found. The district attorney’s office has dismissed a bunch of pending cases that Goines handled and is reviewing 1,400 more, along with 800 cases involving Officer Steven Bryant, whom Goines cited in his affidavit as verifying that the “brown powder substance” supposedly purchased from Tuttle was black-tar heroin.

So his lie, set a SWAT team in motion that resulted in the death of 2 innocent people. How is this different (aside from him being a cop) to the SWATting case that was in the news awhile back that was a disagreement between 2 gamers? I don’t expect this guy to be charged with murder, or manslaughter, or conspiracy or even jaywalking, because he is a cop. I’m not sure they will fire him. (If the do, the union will appeal.) Because nothing is more important the The War on (Some) Drugs™ and getting enough arrests.

The Tin-pot Despots of City Bureaucracies

The City of Houston has a bunch of would-be-dictators in the City Planning Dept. Houston Family Without Sewage for 17 Months Due to City Regulations.

“Nobody stands up to this because they literally have the authority to retaliate so hard that you will lose your livelihood,” Krieger expressed in frustration.

Aside from the fact that they are giving him grief – just because the can – they have no standards for what is approved and what is denied.

More broadly, Spelz’s business has had building plans rejected that were exactly the same as ones that were approved, with the only difference being the address. They would have exactly similar plans get vastly different procedural instructions.

Say that again. He gets a project approved in the City of Houston. Then he wants to build an EXACT COPY of that house on a different lot. Now it doesn’t meet City of Houston requirements. Why? Because the can. Because there are no checks and balances. And the result.

Blain continued, saying, “Local officials, especially in dense, urban areas often talk about housing affordability, but support policies that keep affordability from becoming a reality. Burdensome regulations and permitting delays keep housing supply from ever meeting demand and that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.”

And this isn’t even like California – in the middle of an epic housing crisis – that keeps passing regulations to make housing even more expensive. (Yeah, that should help!) This is just Texas, where the Bureaucrats can do whatever the hell they want, and no one calls them to account for their actions.

And if you think this only occurs in Houston, you never dealt with local building codes.

The Stupid Can Be Deadly

What’s the worst that can happen? In Texas, you can get shot. Texas homeowner fatally shoots teen who was part of group shooting paintball guns at home: police.

“They believed that they were — that their house was being shot at,” Horn told KHOU. “The homeowner, the father, came outside to the disturbance, approached a suspect who was standing out here. Believed that he was a threat, fearing for his safety, fired a round at him.”

Turns out they were shooting paintball guns at the house.