A police officer in Houston was shot and killed on Monday afternoon after exchanging fire with a suspect on the freeway.
47-year-old Sgt. Sean Rios was on his way to a shift at the airport when there was a call of shots fired on the freeway. Rios responded to the call and when he arrived, he engaged in a shootout with the suspect.
Rios was struck and injured in the exchange, and ran to a nearby Taj Inn & Suites hotel where he collapsed and died.
Sgt. Rios had been an officer in the department for 25 years. He leaves behind 4 children between the ages of 9 and 17.
Police are still looking for the suspect.
Houston Police Officer’s Union President Joe Gamaldi wrote on Twitter, “We will not stop until we find the monster/monsters responsible.”
Rios is the fourth Houston Police Department officer to die in the line of duty. The most recent loss was only three weeks ago when Sgt. Harold Preston was killed after responding to a domestic violence dispute.
Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked the city to pray:
“I want people in this city to pray for this city. Because this has been a crazy year. People are going through a whole lot, experiencing a whole lot. A lot of things are happening on our streets, a lot of people who are on edge. So I just want people to pray for our city.”
Sgt. Rios received a police escort from the scene to the medical examiner’s office.