Investigators determined Perez tried for two and a half hours to find a way, before calling a supervisor and saying he'd report to his secondary duty station, the chief said. Sgt. Perez left his home in heavy rain at 4:30 a.m.to report to an investigation, even though his wife urged him to stay home because of the unsafe driving conditions. After determining there was no safe route, Perez followed protocol and made his way to another station in Kingwood. His body was finally recovered at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Perez was on his way to work when he hit high water.
On Monday evening at about 10 p.m., "we narrowed the search to Hardy tollway and Beltway".
Perez leaves his wife, Cheryl, a son and a daughter.
His eyes filling with tears and his voice cracking with emotion, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo pledged that the city and department would give the slain officer, who drowned in the flooding, full honors.
Acevedo said that by today, everyone in distress should be rescued. "We utilized other investigative techniques to try to locate him", said Acevedo. "I'm not sure where the water is going because it's just so much that we can't really absorb more in the ground at this point", he said.
The death of Sergeant Perez reminds us of the dangers that police officers willingly face every day in order to serve this great City.
At the news conference, Acevedo became choked up describing Perez as "one of the sweetest people I've ever met".
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast Friday night, bringing heavy rains and risky flooding across southeastern Texas that is expected to continue throughout the week.
The Houston Police Department announced the tragic news on its Facebook page Tuesday.
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