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Arrest Made In Houston Police Sergeant’s Slaying

Police Sgt. Sean Rios, 47, was fatally shot while driving to work on Interstate 45 in north Houston.

Lights on top of a police vehicle.

A suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of a Houston police sergeant, officials said Tuesday.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said officers of HPD's narcotics tactical team arrested Robert Soliz, 24, who was a passenger in a vehicle on the Katy Freeway near Beltway 8, around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Sgt. Sean Rios, 47, was fatally shot Monday while driving to work on Interstate 45 in north Houston. The 25-year veteran of the Houston force staggered into the office of a small motel bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. He collapsed and died about 1:30 p.m. Monday, and a manhunt ensued.

During a news conference, Acevedo didn't specify how Soliz was identified as the suspect, but played a video showing Soliz and one additional person of interest.

"Our investigators worked tirelessly through the night," he said. "When we work together with the public and we work together utilizing technology and we actually exploit all the technology that's out there, all the video that's out there, we end up with great results."

Acevedo called on the community to help identify the other person, whom he called an "person of extreme interest" and possibly additional suspect in Rios' murder.

"To that individual, A, we're coming for you, we're going to find you," he said. "So you might as well turn yourself in."

The man was last seen in a black pickup truck.

Rios was the second Houston police officer to be killed in the past three weeks and the fourth since December. Police Sgt. Harold Preston was shot and killed on Oct. 20 while responding to a domestic violence situation. The 41-year veteran of the department was preparing to retire this year.

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