Chief Acevedo recalled recently promoting Sgt. Brewster just nine months ago.
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Houston police sergeant died Saturday after a shooting in Houston’s East End, according to police chief Art Acevedo.
Sgt. Christopher Brewster was responding to a domestic disturbance call on Avenue I just after 5:45 p.m.
That call was from a female who advised dispatchers that her boyfriend was assaulting her and that he was armed with two weapons, Acevedo said.
Brewster arrived less than five minutes later to find the couple had left the location but were found walking in the 7400 block of Avenue L. Brewster came under fire as soon as he tried to exit his patrol cruiser, according to Acevedo.
Arturo Solis, 25, is the suspected shooter, Acevedo said. Solis has a lengthy criminal history including a charge of assault causing bodily injury.
Brewster was hit multiple times but still managed to draw his weapon and radio a description of the suspect to other responding officers.
In court Sunday morning, authorities said Brewster exited his vehicle without his gun drawn and was trying to get Solis’ attention by waving both hands.
Solis was charged with capital murder of a police officer early Sunday morning with no bond.
He waived his right to appear in probable cause court, his next appearance is scheduled for December 9.
Court documents state that Solis confessed to the shooting death of Sgt. Brewster.
They say Solis told authorities he was aware Brewster was a police officer and shot him in order to avoid arrest.
Brewster’s death is the first line-of-duty fatality involving a Houston-area law enforcement officer since Harris County Sheriff’s deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was ambushed during a traffic stop in Sept. 2019.
The death of a Houston police sergeant occurred on the 11th anniversary of a fatal shooting of another HPD officer.
Veteran officer Timothy Abernethy was shot and killed on Dec. 7, 2008, in northwest Houston.
Officer Tim Abernethy was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a suspect who fled following a traffic stop.
Officer Abernethy had lost sight of the man as he chased him around a building in an apartment complex. After going around the corner the man hid behind a gate and then shot the officer twice in the torso and then walked around the officer and shot him in the head.
The officer was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
The suspect was arrested a short time later by deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. He was found guilty of the murder on April 6, 2010, and was sentenced to death.
Officer Abernethy had served with the Houston Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, and siblings.
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