The suspect in the broad daylight killing of a Houston cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush fatally shot himself Friday morning after two police officers confronted him.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the suicide ofJoseph James Pappas, 65, at a Friday press conference, saying, “This doesn’t bring anybody back but it does bring closure.”
Dr. Mark Hausknecht was riding his bicycle to work July 20 when he was fatally shot by another bicyclist going in the opposite direction. The cardiologist, 65, was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital, and police announced days later they believed he’d been targeted.
Houston police had announced on Wednesday that Pappas’ mother was once one of Hausknecht’s patients and died during surgery more than 20 years ago. Police believe that Pappas shot Hausknecht out of retaliation. “It appears to be a 20-year-old grudge this person held,” Acevedo told reporters.
According to the KHOU-TV, Pappas was a former police officer who tried to sell guns and ammunition online. The station reports that Pappas most recently worked as a reserve officer in Harris County, Texas, from 1995 to 2013.
“There was a lot of planning that went into this,” Acevedo said Wednesday.