Houston police officer, also known as Houston Hero sergeant, just 32, fatally shot trying to save a woman from domestic violence. Houston Police sergeant “Christopher Brewster,” was shot and killed Saturday night, responding to a call in east Houston.
The police officer got killed responding to a domestic disturbance call. He may have been hit by a bullet that penetrated his ballistic vest, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo. Brewster also called for help giving descriptions of the shooter, who was captured a few blocks away as he was climbing over a fence at an elementary school.
Police said Brewster was wearing a bullet-proof vest, but it was inadequate to protect him from the multiple gunshots he suffered. Acevedo said the shooting was caught on Brewster’s body-camera. “What people will see is a coward that took the life of a hero that responded to help his officers, which is what we talk about on a daily basis,” the chief stated.
HPD posted in a tweet and sent to officers and attributed to Acevedo. “During the initial stages of our investigation regarding the Capital Murder of Sergeant Christopher Brewster, we have learned that his department-issued bulletproof vest was potentially penetrated by one or more of the rounds fired by the suspect,” the message read.
The prosecuting attorney in charge stated Brewster was responding to reports of a domestic violence incident at a home on Avenue I. The caller told police that she was under attack by her boyfriend armed with two firearms.
Arturo Solis, age 25, was charged with the capital murder of a Houston police officer in connection with Brewster’s death on Saturday. Police announced Brewster was answering to a disturbance on Avenue I in Houston’s East End including Solis and his girlfriend.
Brewster also located Solis walking with the victim on Avenue I, the suspect in the domestic violence incident. He got out of his patrol car, and the victim shouted, “That’s who you are looking for,” according to prosecutors.
“I don’t want to hear about how much they support law enforcement,” Houston police chief,
Art Acevedo said. “I don’t want to hear about how much they care about lives and the sanctity of lives yet, we all know in law enforcement that one of the biggest reasons that the Senate and Mitch McConnell and (Texas Sens.) John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and others are not getting into a room and having a conference committee with the House and getting the Violence Against Women’s Act (passed) are because the NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends that abuse their girlfriends.
And who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend abusing his girlfriend. So you’re either here for women and children and our daughters and our sisters and our aunts, or you’re here for the (National Rifle Association).” He resumed: “So I don’t want to see their little smug faces talking about how much they care about law enforcement when I’m burying a sergeant because they don’t want to piss off the NRA. Make up your minds, whose side are you on? Gun manufacturers, the gun lobby, or the children that are getting gunned down in this country every single day.”
Solis made several allegations after he was arrested, having shot Brewster, a Houston police officer. Solis went through an interview with detectives. He admitted to having been involved in a domestic violence incident earlier in the evening and that he had shot. Solis also admitted to having two firearms at the time of the shooting, according to the prosecutors.
Detectives stated that officers saw Solis tossing a gun as they closed in on him at the elementary school. Officers also recovered that weapon. A second gun was found at the scene of the shooting, and bullet casings from the shooting scene matched that weapon, prosecutors said.
Cornyn’s office criticized Democrats for postponed action on the VAWA.
“The Violence Against Women Act is still fully funded despite what the Chief implied. And he’s got it backward — Democrats in DC walked away from negotiations, and that’s when it fell apart,” Cornyn’s office stated in an email message.
Pointed to Cornyn’s remarks last month to Democrats, “took the easy way out and simply walked away and introduced their own partisan reauthorization, one that they know has no chance of passing.”
“Despite the games being played here, my Republican colleagues and I are working to put in the hard work that it takes actually to accomplish something and legislate.”
The Congress has also strived to pass gun control legislation, even in consequence of mass shootings. Democrats have displayed disappointment with McConnell for not struggling with gun control legislation and have summoned for urgent action.
“The NRA doesn’t like the fact that we want to take firearms out of the hands of boyfriends that abuse their girlfriends, and who killed our sergeant? A boyfriend is abusing his girlfriend,” Acevedo said. “So you’re either for women and children and our daughters and our sisters and our aunts, or you’re here for the NRA.”
Acevedo noted his statements to reporters on Monday as the Houston Police Department prepared to escort the body of Sgt. Chris Brewster, a Houston police officer who died in the line of duty, to a funeral home. Brewster, aged 32, was later promoted to sergeant and left behind a wife, parents, and a sister. The sergeant’s burial ceremony is arranged for Thursday.