A Houston Police Officer Drowned While Driving To Work During Storm Harvey

Houston Police officer drowns in flood waters from Hurricane Harvey

A Houston police officer drowned in his patrol vehicle early Sunday while driving to work amid Hurricane Harvey.

"On behalf of the people of the city of Houston and our great city, I want to take the time to extend my condolences, my prayers, to his family, specifically to his - specifically to his wife, Cheryl, to his son as well as to his daughter".

Perez drowned Sunday morning ― two days shy of his 61st birthday, Acevedo said. "We utilized other investigative techniques to try to locate him", said Acevedo.

"Sometimes you find a way to make it happen, or you die trying", Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at the news conference Tuesday. The officer's wife had urged her husband not to go to work that day because conditions were too risky, as did his father-in-law, Acevedo said. Perez left for work in the dark about 4 a.m. Sunday and "spent about 2½ hours driving around trying to get to his station", Acevedo said. At about 10 p.m. Monday, police had narrowed the search area to the Hardy Tollway and Beltway 8 - an area where they felt there was a high sense of probability that it was the last place he would have been.

"We could not put more officers at risk", Acevedo said. After about 20 minutes, they found Perez trapped in his auto, Acevedo said.

The department has not formally notified the family, the newspaper said.

Search and rescue crews are working to recover his body, the Chronicle reported. I knew who Steve Perez was because he was a sweet, gentle public servant.

"Today, I will simply say that our hearts are saddened".

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