Houston officer dies following shooting in city's East End

Houston officer dies following shooting in city's East End

A Houston police officer was shot and killed Saturday evening, authorities said.

Police chief Art Acevedo told a press conference that Sgt. Christopher Brewster was responding to the domestic disturbance call in the 7400 block of Avenue L near Magnolia Park just after 5:45 p.m. when he came under gunfire. He continued searching for them, finding them in an alley nearby and exiting his vehicle, when he came under fire from the man, Acevedo said.

The woman, who was walking behind Solis, called out "that's who you are looking for", and pointed at Solis, according to the statement prosecutors read at the hearing. The suspect immediately fled the scene on foot.

Among the responding officers, Brewster later spotted the couple, but was shot as he approached.

Acevedo said the shooting was captured on Brewster's body camera. Acevedo initially said Brewster was not wearing a bulletproof vest, but later updated that he was wearing it.

He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital and was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the shooting at 6.30pm local time.

Meanwhile, the woman who made the call to the police was uninjured, Acevedo said.

Brewster graduated from the academy in November 2010 and was promoted to sergeant in February 2019, according to Acevedo.

"There are no what-ifs in the case", Acevedo said.

Officials later said that a bullet-proof vest would not have saved Brewster's life in this shooting.

The suspected gunman, Arturo Solis, was arrested without incident following a search after the shooting, police said in a news release Sunday.

Solis had a lengthy criminal record, including having been convicted of assault to a family member in 2015, evading arrest in 2016, and burglary of a vehicle in 2017.

Turner said Gov. Greg Abbott had called and expressed condolences for Brewster's family. "Every single day our police officers show up, they come to work. not knowing what they are gonna face. I want to be very mindful of the service Chris gave to the city", he added. "I remember the joy, the conversations we had with him on the stage", Acevedo recalled as he choked back tears.

Houston police honored the late Sergeant Brewster with an official escort.

He's the 13th law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in Texas this year - the most of any state.



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