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An intensive police manhunt was on Monday night after a veteran Houston police officer was shot fatally near a motel in north Houston, officials said.

Houston police Sgt. Sean Rios, 47, staggered into the office of the small motel bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, collapsed and died about 1:30 p.m. Monday, witnesses told police.

The 25-year veteran of the Houston force was driving on Interstate 45 toward work and was in street clothes when he traded gunfire with someone in a blue Mercedes, Police Chief Art Acevedo said. Rios was able to return fire but it was unknown if anyone was hit. Police later located what they believed to be the Mercedes, he said, and a black pickup truck also was believed to be involved.

No arrests have been made, but Acevedo said they had suspect descriptions. Police are searching for a black pickup. One of the suspects is described as a thin Hispanic man in his mid-to-late 30s, around 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inch, with tattoos on both arms and wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants

“We are going to catch you,” Acevedo said. “Do yourself a favor and turn yourself in.”

Rios, the married father of four children, is the second Houston police officer to be killed in the past three weeks and the fourth since December. Police Sgt. Harold Preston was shot and killed on Oct. 20 while responding to a domestic violence situation. The 41-year veteran of the department was preparing to retire this year. Officer Courtney Wheeler was also shot but survived.

Houston Fire Department Arson Investigator Lemuel “DJ” Bruce also was shot and killed while investigating a string of arsons. The suspect in his killing then killed himself.

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For Immediate Release: November 9, 2020

Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit need the public’s assistance locating fugitive Andres Zuniga Guerrero, who is wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

In February of 2020, Houston Police Officers received a report of an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child that occurred in the 12000 block of Cliffgate Drive in Houston, Texas. During the investigation, the victim made an outcry of sexual abuse that occurred in November of 2018. Detectives learned that the fugitive, Andres Zuniga Guerrero, sexually assaulted the victim when they were alone at the residence.

Fugitive Andres Zuniga Guerrero is a Hispanic male, 32 years of age, approximately 6’0”, medium build with brown eyes and brown hair.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, charging and/or arrest of the suspects in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Only tips and calls DIRECTLY TO Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.   

The language in this press release is intentional and could have legal implications.  Please do not change the copy of the paragraph above. All warrants are active at the time this press release was created and are subject to change.  Crime Stoppers of Houston is not making any legal claim that this is the most current legal status. 

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Joe Biden has his work cut out for him unifying the country … a driver allegedly crashed a car at a Trumprally, and video shows the President’s supporters beating his ass.

Here’s the deal … police in Santa Maria, CA say a 20-year-old driver was cited for crashing into cars near a pro-Trump demonstration Sunday, and witnesses detained him at the scene until officers arrived.

Cops say the driver was antagonizing folks who were participating in the rally, and was throwing objects. Police say he then drove through an intersection without yielding, crossing through the rally before hitting a vehicle.

Video from the scene shows a group of people detaining a man in the middle of the street, applying what appears to be a chokehold and pinning him down while telling him, “Welcome to MAGA country.” Footage also shows a heavily damaged car rolled onto its side.

Police say the man — Jacob Garza — was given a misdemeanor citation for reckless driving causing injury, and there is an ongoing investigation for battery.

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Breaking News: HPD is investigating the death of an officer in north Houston. He was shot and killed this afternoon. Sources say the off duty police Sargent pulled into the parking lot of a hotel and was shot in his vehicle by an unknown person. We’re told that officer then made it to the hotel lobby where he died.

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PRESS RELEASE: Aundre Howard was stopped for expired registration the night of July 7, 2019, searched for weapons-none were found-and was handcuffed. Aundre took off running still in handcuffs and was quickly stopped. But the video of the incident shows a very disturbing sequence of events including HPD commands to shoot Aundre in the back and smashing Aundre’s head with handcuffs sending Aundre to the hospital.  

“This is very disturbing behavior by HPD,” said civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen, “Even more disturbing is the 19 HPD shootings this year alone in which HPD refuses to release the body camera. Are there more cases of HPD officers commanding others to shoot handcuffed suspects? The public has a right to know.”

There will be a press conference outside HPD headquarters with Aundre, community members, and civil rights lawyer Randall Kallinen to talk about situation.

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County Attorney-Elect Christian Menefee
Jay Aiyer

Harris County Attorney-Elect Christian D. Menefee has moved quickly to start the transition process with the appointment of Jay Aiyer as his First Assistant County Attorney.

Menefee stated, “not only does Jay have valuable experience working in and with governmental entities,
he also currently works in the County Attorney’s Office. He’s been on the front lines of several important projects this year with the current First Assistant and other senior leadership, including
the County’s response to the pandemic and expansion of voter access. He’ll bring a helpful and experienced perspective to the First Assistant position.”

Aiyer, 51, currently serves as an Assistant County Attorney, and has significant experience in
leading large governmental organizations. He previously served as Chief of Staff to Houston
Mayor Lee P. Brown and as a senior management consultant with Deloitte and Touche focusing on providing operational support to public entities. An accomplished lawyer and academic, Aiyer was also an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs immediately prior to joining
the County Attorney’s Office.

Aiyer has been a frequent legal, political and public affairs analyst
for the Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, and Fox 26.
“I’m deeply honored and excited to be working with Christian,” said Aiyer. Adding, “he is a dynamic and visionary lawyer committed to serving the people of Harris County.”

Aiyer will be succeeding Robert Soard as First Assistant. Speaking about Soard, Menefee stated, “Robert’s service to the Harris County Attorney’s Office has been exemplary. Throughout
his tenure he has been invaluable not only to this office, but also to County elected officials and department heads. I am grateful for Robert’s service and commitment to a smooth transition

He and Jay have already started meeting and are working together to ensure continuity during and after the transition.”

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 9001 South Braeswood Drive!

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a man at 9001 South Braeswood Drive about 2:25 a.m. on Saturday (November 7).  

The suspect, Brandon Osborn (w/m, 30), is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 177th State District Court.  He is accused in the shooting of Douglas Tolon, 30, who was transported to an area hospital in stable condition.  

A booking photo of Osborn is attached to this news release.  

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers V. Habukiha and B. Godoy reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at the above address and found Mr. Tolon with a gunshot wound to the face.  Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Tolon to the hospital.  

Further investigation and witness statements determined Tolon and Osborn got into an argument when a gun was produced by Osborn.  Osborn fired the weapon once, striking Tolon in the face. Osborn was taken into custody at the scene and subsequently charged for his role in the shooting.  

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Emily Murphy General Services Administration

A Trump administration appointee is refusing to sign a letter allowing President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team to formally begin its work this week, in another sign the incumbent president has not acknowledged Biden’s victory and could disrupt the transfer of power.

The administrator of the General Services Administration, the low-profile agency in charge of federal buildings, has a little-known role when a new president is elected: to sign paperwork officially turning over millions of dollars, as well as give access to government officials, office space in agencies and equipment authorized for the taxpayer-funded transition teams of the winner.

It amounts to a formal declaration by the federal government, outside of the media, of the winner of the presidential race.

But by Sunday evening, almost 36 hours after media outlets projected Biden as the winner, GSA Administrator Emily Murphy had written no such letter. And the Trump administration, in keeping with the president’s failure to concede the election, has no immediate plans to sign one. This could lead to the first transition delay in modern history, except in 2000, when the Supreme Court decided a recount dispute between Al Gore and George W. Bush in December.

“An ascertainment has not yet been made,” Pamela Pennington, a spokeswoman for GSA, said in an email, “and its Administrator will continue to abide by, and fulfill, all requirements under the law.”

The GSA statement left experts on federal transitions to wonder when the White House expects the handoff from one administration to the next to begin — when the president has exhausted his legal avenues to fight the results, or the formal vote of the electoral college on Dec. 14? There are 74 days, as of Sunday, until the Biden inauguration on Jan. 20.

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The drug maker Pfizer announced on Monday that an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19, a promising development as the world has waited anxiously for any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people.

Pfizer, which developed the vaccine with the German drugmaker BioNTech, released only sparse details from its clinical trial, based on the first formal review of the data by an outside panel of experts.

The company said that the analysis found that the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing the disease among trial volunteers who had no evidence of prior coronavirus infection. If the results hold up, that level of protection would put it on par with highly effective childhood vaccines for diseases such as measles. No serious safety concerns have been observed, the company said.

Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of the two-dose vaccine later this month, after it has collected the recommended two months of safety data. By the end of the year it will have manufactured enough doses to immunize 15 to 20 million people, company executives have said.

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(CNN)Alex Trebek, the genial “Jeopardy!” host with all the answers and a reassuring presence in the TV game-show landscape for five decades, has died. He was 80 years old.

“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” said a statement shared on the show’s Twitter account Sunday. “Thank you, Alex.”

The cause of death was not immediately announced. Trebek revealed in March 2019 he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, triggering an outpouring of support and well wishes at the time.