Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Cops ID suspect in murder of Bush cardiologist

Cops ID suspect in murder of Bush cardiologist

At approximately 4 this morning after additional investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect for the charge of murder.

The attack took place on July 20, when Dr Mark Hausknecht was fatally shot while cycling to work at the Houston Methodist Hospital.

Houston police chief Art Acevedo said: "There was a lot of planning that went into this".

Pappas should be considered armed, unsafe and possibly suicidal, Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Wednesday.

Police also searched Pappas' home earlier this week after getting a tip from a neighbor.

Police say Pappas, also on a bike, followed the doctor then passed him, then turned back and fired.

Police urged those with any information about his whereabouts to call 911. Police believe that he might be suicidal, Acevedo said.

He is understood to have been living alone in a three-bedroom house in Houston since the death of his father, Joseph James Pappas I, in 2010.

Mr Pappas worked as a peace officer and reserve officer for Harris County Constable Precincts 2 and 7 from 1983 to 2013.

Police in Houston stress that the suspect has extensive knowledge of handguns and should be considered armed and risky. "Besides the fact of the surgery of his mom, we have plenty of evidence that ties him to this crime", Acevedo said, declining to go into specifics.

Police have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of doctor who was once the person physician to President George W. Bush - but the gunman is still at large. She described Pappas as smart and helpful.

An ex-policeman wanted for killing a famed heart surgeon sought revenge after his mother died on the operating table two decades ago, say police.

"I'm stunned", said Kathy Bilinosky, whose father was good friends with the elder Pappas.

Investigative reporter Jeremy Rogalski uncovered the online ads on national firearms marketplace sites and the Houston Greensheet.

On Armslist.com, a website where people can sell firearms, someone with the same phone number as Pappas' real estate company had several listings for a variety of weapons and accessories, including a.38-caliber revolver, a semi-automatic rifle and some bulletproof vests.

No disciplinary action had ever been taken against Hausknecht, according to the Texas Medical Board.

Meantime, the community was mourning the prominent doctor whose life was cut short after nearly four decades in practice.

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