Police officer drowns in Harvey floodwaters, report says

Acevedo said Perez left his home for work at 4 a.m. Sunday as heavy rain fell in Houston.

"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".

"We couldn't find him", Acevedo said through tears.

At a Tuesday news conference, Houston officials confirmed Perez's death.

Perez's death is the 15th Harvey-related fatality, with the toll expected to rise as the floodwaters recede.


Officials recovered the body of Sgt. Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, on Tuesday morning. "We even used our Cajun Navy, our American American Navy that help us look for him", the chief said, his voice breaking. I made a decision to leave officers there to wait until the morning. After about 20 minutes, they found Perez trapped in his auto, Acevedo said.

By that evening, they "knew in our hearts this was going to be a recovery mission", the police chief said, tearing up.

"In the darkness, Sgt. Perez drove under an underpass and drove into the water", Acevedo said. The family has yet to be notified.

At the news conference, Acevedo became choked up describing Perez as "one of the sweetest people I've ever met".

Added the chief: "He spent close to 2.5 hours because he has that in his DNA". The smile that overcame that woman's face, that attractive wife, said it all.


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