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Acevedo said Preston, a 41-year-old veteran, was “a hero” killed as he answered a domestic disturbance call at Manzano’s apartment on Tuesday morning.
Another officer, Courtney Waller, was injured in the incident.
Preston died in an area hospital with his family by his side.
Acevedo described Preston as an officer who led “from the front”.
“He runs with men and women on the streets, instead of choosing to sit in an office drinking coffee and reading the newspaper,” Acevedo said. “He’s the man he was – he’s a man who lived with elderly parents to care for them. As good as he was as a cop, he was a better human being. He’s just the guy he was, and he will be missed.