Sgt. Rios funeral this Wednesday; Wanted person still at large

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Sgt. Sean Rios, 25 year HPD veteran shot and killed Monday afternoon in north Houston

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HOUSTON (CW39) This story is still developing with daily updates in regard to the investigation into the murder of Sgt. Sean Rios, killed Monday afternoon in north Houston.

11/16/2020 Sgt. Rios funeral is planned for this Wednesday. Another person wanted in the case is still at large.

11/12/2020 Police have charged Robert Soliz, Jr., in the death of Sergeant Sean Rios. HPD Chief Acevedo has responded online to the defense attorney for the accused shooter.

11/11/2020 Noon – Police release mugshot of 24YO man booked and charged with murder of HPD Sgt. Sean Rios.

8am HPD is looking for the man in the black shirt seen in this video. The man in the white shirt seen in the video is now in custody.

If you have information, please contact HPD Homicide 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppeers at 713-222-TIPS.

Video of possible gunman released by HPD:

11/10/2020 Houston police have released photos of the person they are looking for, in connection with Sgt. Rios shooting death.

11/9/2020 Houston Police Sgt. Sean Rios, 47, was on his way to work his 2pm shift when he was shot and killed in north Houston Monday afternoon. His was the 6th homicide in the city of Houston Monday.

The 25-year HPD veteran was involved in a “gun battle” according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo who addressed reporters. He said the search is on for a man in his 20’s, heavily tattooed in a black truck or Mercedes, spotted where the shooting occurred, in the 7600 block of the North Freeway at Stuebner Airline.

Witnesses called police about shots fired at the Taj Inn Suites. One eyewitness said he saw a man badly bleeding, run into the Inn officer area, where Sgt. Rios asked for help, then collapsed.

Emergency units arrived and Sgt. Rios was pronounced dead on scene.

Here is the complete statement made by HPD Chief Acevedo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Police say they do have leads on the gunman and that the search is on for the person or persons responsible. The Mercedes Benz involved has been found. Now police are searching for a black pickup involved.

He leaves behind four children, ages 17, 14, 12, and 9. His parents, brother and two cousins who work in the police investigative unit.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or “if you don’t know who to call, just call 9-1-1” as the Chief says.

This is the 4th on-duty death of the department since December 7th of last year. Three of those on-duty deaths have been Sergeants who were killed by gunfire. One was officer Jason Knox, killed in a PD chopper crash.

Sgt. Rios is the second on-duty member of the department, and Sgt. to be killed over the last two weeks in Houston, Texas.

Tonight, Sgt. Rios’ body was escorted to the Medical Examiner’s Office in downtown Houston.

Earlier Monday afternoon, the Mayor addressed the rise in crime. Attributing it to the pandemic and folks” on edge due to unemployment and financial troubles.

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