Suspect identified in murder of George H.W. Bush's 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.
"We need to discover this guy," Acevedo mentioned of Pappas, who he described as armed, hazardous and possibly suicidal. "If he’s committed suicide, we want the physique. If he’s alive, we want to find him."
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.
"We believe that this absolutely is the killer," 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.
"There was a lot of arranging that went into this," Acevedo mentioned of the murder. "There was a lot of planning and, sadly, some ability … The shots that he took, took some ability."
The chief told local residents to be on the lookout for a Schwinn ten-speed bicycle that he says Pappas rode "extensively and practically exclusively."
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 "a amazing cardiologist and a excellent man."
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The Linked Press contributed to this report.
Published at Wed, 01 Aug 2018 20:00:00 +0000