EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The Mesquite Police department has released the identity of the Texas police officer who was killed in the line of duty. His name is Richard Lee Houston II.
According to the Mesquite Police department, Houston was a 21-year veteran of the force and was married with three children. The North Texas police officer died from his injuries after getting in a shootout with a suspect on Friday.
It happened in the parking lot of an Albertsons grocery store. The officer was investigating a disturbance involving two women when gunfire erupted between the officer and another man.
Police Chief David Gill described Houston as a good man. “This was a senseless act of violence that ripped a loving father and husband from his family. He was a 21 year veteran in mesquite police department. A good man, a good friend, a good officer,” he said.
A procession with community members and officers from both Mesquite and Dallas took place Saturday night as Houston’s body was escorted from the hospital.
Governor Greg Abbott released a statement saying the tragedy is a reminder of the risks law enforcement officers take every day by “putting their lives on the line to protect our communities.”