Harris County sheriff’s deputy killed by drunken driver
A 16-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office was killed by
an alleged drunken driver who ran a red light early Sunday.
Sgt. Dwayne Polk, 47, most
recently assigned to the transportation unit, was in uniform driving his
tan-colored Chevrolet Silverado around 3 a.m. at the intersection of
West Little York and North Shepherd.
Andres Munos-Munos, 22, sped
through the red light at the intersection in his white GMC pickup,
crashing into the driver's side door of Polk's truck, said Houston
Police Department spokesman John Cannon.
The deputy died at the scene.
"The HCSO family is in mourning," said spokeswoman Christina Garza.
"Tough morning," tweeted
Sheriff Adrian Garcia at 6:03 a.m. "The HCSO suffered a terrible loss
& we are all grieving. Keep HCSO members & their families in
Followers responded they
would indeed pray. One called for stricter drunken driving laws that
would more strongly equate the crime to murder. A federal panel last
week recommended that states reduce the allowable blood-alcohol content
to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent.
A 2009 community newsletter
from a neighborhood in northwest Harris County lamented that Polk, one
of its contracted deputies, was being rotated to a new assignment after
six years. "I consider Sheriff's Deputy Polk a friend, I know you join
me in wishing him the very best in his new endeavors," the newsletter's
Polk grew up in Houston with
his two brothers, three sisters and many cousins. The Bible was among
the books his mother used to teach him and his siblings to read,
according to a 2012 obituary for his younger brother.
While HPD processed the suspect Sunday, Garcia spoke with Polk's family.
"It was tough speaking
(with) his son this morning. But he will have many big brothers (at)
HCSO looking out 4 him," the sheriff tweeted from his cell phone Sunday.
Cannon said evidence at the
scene and statements from Munos indicate that he was intoxicated. The
man was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital after he complained of minor
Munos, who lives in Houston
but is not a U.S. citizen, has been charged with intoxication
manslaughter, according to Harris County court records. A spokesman for
the Houston office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could
not be reached to clarify the man's legal status.
Records also show Munos
accepted a plea bargain agreement for two charges stemming from a June
2012 arrest. He served 30 days in county jail after pleading guilty to
driving while under the influence and unlawfully carrying a weapon