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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of HPD Sgt. Sean Rios

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The unidentified suspect was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in reference to the taking pictures demise of HPD Sgt. Sean Rios.

HOUSTON — Houston police have arrested a suspect within the taking pictures demise of Sgt. Sean Rios.

He was taken into custody with out incident on the Katy Freeway, in response to Houston Police Chief Artwork Acevedo. 

“We are able to all breathe a sigh of reduction,” he tweeted.

The chief could have a information convention with extra particulars at 5 p.m. and you may watch it dwell on KHOU 11, our web site, app, YouTube and social media pages.

Sgt. Rios was shot and killed Monday outdoors a motel off I-45 North.

He bumped into the Taj Inn & Suites for assist however he died within the foyer.

Police say Sgt. Rios was inside a black Kia and on his technique to work when somebody fired a number of photographs into his car. Police Chief Artwork Acevedo stated Sgt. Rios returned hearth however it’s not clear if the suspect was hit.

Witnesses instructed police the gunman fired a number of photographs from throughout the road in a blue four-door Mercedes, which police imagine they’ve discovered. Acevedo stated they assume somebody picked up the suspect in a black pickup. 

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The taking pictures occurred round 1:30 p.m. within the 7700 block of I-45 North close to Stuebner Airline and West Canino Street.

Police nonetheless do not know what led to it however they are saying they’ve some leads.

Sgt. Rios is survived by 4 youngsters, ages 9, 12, 14 and 17, and his mother and father and his brother. He additionally has two cousins who’re HPD detectives.

“Our hearts are damaged,” Acevedo tweeted. “We are going to always remember him and can see his four youngsters, household and mates by means of this painful loss. RIP.”

“I’ll ask this metropolis to wish for Sgt. Rios’ household, for his youngsters, for his mother and father,” Mayor Sylvester Turner stated in a information convention.

He additionally requested for prayers for the Houston Police Division. They’ve misplaced 4 officers this 12 months.

“They’re in an excessive amount of ache proper now,” the mayor stated. “This can be a tragic case and it has been a very tough 12 months in our metropolis.”

Sgt. Rios had been with HPD for 25 years.

That is the third deadly taking pictures of a Houston legislation enforcement officer in lower than three weeks.

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Sgt. Harold Preston, a 41-year veteran of HPD, was shot and killed within the line of responsibility when he w as responding to a home disturbance name on Oct. 20. He was two weeks away from retirement.

Officer Courtney Wheeler was additionally shot however he survived.

HFD Arson Investigator Lemuel “DJ” Bruce was additionally shot and killed whereas investigating a string of arsons within the Better Heights space.

The person who killed him took his personal life.

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