A tragic incident occurred during Hurricane Beryl in Texas as a police officer lost his life on his way to work. The Houston Police Department (HPD) confirmed the news on Monday evening. The storm, now downgraded to a tropical storm, made its way through Texas on Monday, causing devastation along its path.

The officer who lost his life was identified as Russell Richardson, a member of HPD’s technology services department. HPD’s acting police chief, Larry Satterwhite, expressed his sorrow in a post on social media, calling it a “sad day for our [HPD] family.” Richardson, 54, was caught in rising floodwaters on Houston Avenue and tragically lost his life. HPD asked for prayers for Richardson’s family, including his wife, children, coworkers, and friends.

The announcement on Facebook received an outpouring of sympathy from the community, with hundreds of comments offering condolences and support. The loss of the officer is deeply felt by all who knew him and worked alongside him.

As Tropical Storm Beryl continues its path northward, it is expected to impact states like Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana before reaching Canada. The storm has already claimed three lives in Texas and left over 2.7 million people without power. The aftermath of the storm has caused significant damage and disruption in the affected areas.

Fox News Digital reached out to HPD for further details on the incident but has not received a response at this time. The impact of natural disasters like Hurricane Beryl serves as a somber reminder of the importance of preparedness and safety measures in the face of such events. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Officer Russell Richardson, as well as all those affected by the storm’s aftermath. Stay safe and stay informed during times of crisis.