HOUSTON, Texas — Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a Houston Police Department sergeant that occurred at 7400 Avenue L about 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.
The suspect, Arturo Solis, 25, is charged with capital murder of a police officer in the 182nd State District Court.
The victim, HPD Sergeant Christopher Brewster, 32, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At 5:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a disturbance with a weapon call at 7413 Avenue I. A woman had called 911 to report she was being assaulted by her boyfriend and he was armed.
While en route, Sergeant Brewster encountered the suspect, accompanied by the woman, in the 7400 block of Avenue L. Sergeant Brewster exited his patrol vehicle and, as he was walking toward the female, she pointed in the direction of the suspect. As Sergeant Brewster turned toward him, Solis immediately fired a weapon at Sergeant Brewster, striking him multiple times.
The suspect fled the scene and responding officers immediately began first aid on Sergeant Brewster and assisted in establishing a perimeter. Solis was located after an extensive search and arrested.
“Although he was mortally wounded, he had the presence of mind to draw his pistol out of his holster to protect himself in case the suspect came up and he also had the presence of mind and courage to put out and broadcast suspect information that was critical for the responding units,” Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
The Chief said the incident was captured on body camera.
“What people will see is a coward who took the life of a hero,” Acevedo said.
Sergeant Brewster was sworn in as an HPD officer in November 2010 and was assigned to the Eastside Patrol Division.