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21:23, 01 August 2018

Suspect identified in murder of George H.W. Bush&#039s former medical professional

Suspect identified in murder of George H.W. Bush&#039s former medical doctor

Houston Police announced Wednesday that they had identified a suspect in the murder of a prominent cardiologist who when treated former President George H.W. Bush.

Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters that an arrest warrant had been issued for 65-year-old Joseph James Pappas, who investigators think shot and killed Dr. Mark Hausknecht as he rode his bicycle to function on the morning of July 20.

&quotWe need to discover this guy,&quot Acevedo mentioned of Pappas, who he described as armed, hazardous and possibly suicidal. &quotIf he’s committed suicide, we want the physique. If he’s alive, we want to find him.&quot

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2000, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush waves as he leaves Methodist Hospital with his cardiologist, Mark Hausknecht, after a news conference in Houston. Hausknecht, who once treated former President George H.W. Bush, was fatally shot by a fellow bicyclist Friday, July 20, 2018, while riding through a Houston medical complex, and police were trying to determine if the shooting was random or a targeted act. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Dr. Mark Hausknecht and former President George H.W. Bush in 2000.

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Investigators believe that Pappas held a grudge against Hausknecht after his mother died although he was operating on her a lot more than two decades earlier. Acevedo mentioned that officers had searched Pappas’ house Tuesday night and obtained additional proof tying him to the murder.

&quotWe believe that this absolutely is the killer,&quot Acevedo stated.

Acevedo stated the department received ideas identifying Pappas as the gunman after authorities released new surveillance video Monday of the suspect riding his own bicycle by means of a neighborhood moments after the shooting. The footage showed a man wearing a ball cap, a short-sleeved polo shirt and khaki shorts.

Investigators say the shooter passed Dr. Hausknecht from behind and rode at least a block ahead just before turning around and firing 3 shots at his victim.

&quotThere was a lot of arranging that went into this,&quot Acevedo mentioned of the murder. &quotThere was a lot of planning and, sadly, some ability … The shots that he took, took some ability.&quot

The chief told local residents to be on the lookout for a Schwinn ten-speed bicycle that he says Pappas rode &quotextensively and practically exclusively.&quot

In 2000, Hausknecht treated Bush for an irregular heartbeat after the 41st president complained about lightheadedness. Right after Hausknecht’s death, Bush referred to as Hausknecht &quota amazing cardiologist and a excellent man.&quot

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The Linked Press contributed to this report.

Published at Wed, 01 Aug 2018 20:00:00 +0000

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