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Houston cop shot and killed in midday gunfight

Jake Dima, DCNF

A Houston Police Department officer was shot and killed during a gunfight early Monday afternoon, the department announced.

Sgt. Sean Rios, 47, a 25-year law enforcement veteran and father of four, was responding to a gunfire call at around 1:30 p.m. when a shootout started between responding officers and a lone suspect, CNN reported.

Rios was shot and attempted to run to a nearby motel for help, but collapsed on the floor and was “pronounced deceased at the scene,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo said during a news conference, according to CNN.

“Our hearts are broken over the death of @houstonpolice Sergeant Sean Rios who was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire this [afternoon],” the department wrote in a tweet. “We will never forget him and will see his 4 children, family and friends through this painful loss. RIP”

Houston police identified a “heavily tattooed” suspect in his mid 30s and two vehicles in connection to Rios’ death, according to CNN. Acevedo implored the alleged killer to turn himself in to avoid “more bloodshed,” CNN reported.

“We’re going to capture you. So, do yourself a favor and turn yourself in because we are going to catch you,” Acevedo said, according to CNN. “We have leads and we’re going to catch you. And the best thing you can do if you know this person is have them turn themselves in or call the police, so we have no more bloodshed.”

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