Houston, TX-A Houston police sergeant died Saturday night after he was shot in the chest with a semi-automatic pistol during a domestic disturbance.
Sergeant Christopher Brewster, 32, had been with the department since 2010. “This is a tough moment for our city,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “Today and in days to come, years to come, we will honor him as a hero in the city of Houston for the work he performed on behalf of everyone in the city.”
Officer were dispatched to the 7400 block of Avenue I about 5:50 p.m. after a woman called 911 and reported that her boyfriend was assaulting her and that he had two firearms.
When patrol officers first arrived, they did not see the couple, however they were then located near the 7400 block of Avenue L.
Police Chief Art Acevedo said, “When he exited his patrol vehicle, he immediately came under fire.”
Acevedo said 25-year-old Arturo Solis fired multiple rounds at Brewster, striking him several times before fleeing. Brewster fell to the ground, but was able to continue to relay information to the other officers about the suspect’s description and the direction he fled.
A neighbor said, “I heard five to six gunshots, right after that, not even 15 seconds, HPD started running.”
Another neighbor said she was in her friend’s house when they heard several.
At least one bullet went through the house. When they stepped outside, they saw Brewster lying on the ground. The gunman was running down the street, and his girlfriend ran into their backyard, where police later took her into custody.
Officers found Solis a few blocks away near Gallegos Elementary School. He was armed with one pistol and police later located a second weapon.
Solis has 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. He is expected to face a capital murder charge in Brewster’s slaying, but it had not been filed late Saturday.
Despite life-saving efforts, the officer died shorting after arriving at Memorial Hermann Hospital. The officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest.