SEVERE WX : Dense Fog Advisory View Alerts

Houston police say suspect in shooting of renowned cardiologist held a 20-year-old grudge

A man whose mother died during surgery 20 years ago is the suspect in the fatal shooting of a prominent Hous...

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 10:44 AM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 10:44 AM

A man whose mother died during surgery 20 years ago is the suspect in the fatal shooting of a prominent Houston cardiologist who performed the operation, police said Wednesday.

Chief Art Acevedo said the mother of Joseph James Pappas, 62, was a patient of Dr. Mark Hausknecht, who was fatally shot as he rode his bicycle to work at Houston Methodist Hospital on July 20. Police earlier said Pappas was born in 1953.

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Crimes against persons

Criminal offenses

Shootings

Cardiology

Health and medical

Medical fields and specialties

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Continents and regions

Health care

Health care professionals

Houston

North America

Physicians and surgeons

Southwestern United States

Texas

The Americas

United States

Firearms

Weapons and arms

"So, it appears that this may be a 20-year-old grudge that this man held," Acevedo told reporters.

CNN called a phone number listed for Pappas' real estate company on Wednesday, but the call went to voice mail.

That phone number also is linked to recent listings on a firearms auction website for several guns, ammunition, tactical vests and ballistic plates for car doors. The posts, from a user in Houston, apparently went online days after Hausknecht was shot.

It is unclear whether any of the firearms listed online were used in the shooting.

A spokesman for Houston police would not comment on the ads.

Suspect likely owned several guns, chief says

Acevedo said a tip came in Tuesday after surveillance video released a day before showed the suspect, whom someone said they recognized. Police got a search warrant and went to Pappas' home, but he was not there.

Acevedo said Pappas had made phone calls indicating he was considering suicide. The suspect has not been seen in almost two days.

"This man is dangerous. This man is capable. This man has some skills (with firearms)," he said.

There was evidence at the home linking Pappas to the killing, the chief said. A lot of planning went into the killing, according to Acevedo.

The suspect appeared to own multiple guns, he said.

Pappas worked for 30 years as a constable, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records.

He worked for both Harris County Constable Precincts 2 and 7 as a peace officer and a reserve officer from May 1983 to July 2013.

Pappas took law enforcement classes through August 2017.

Video captured images of suspect

The renowned cardiologist, who treated former President George H.W. Bush, and the suspect were seen shortly before the shooting riding their bicycles on South Main Street, police said.

Surveillance footage showed the suspect following Hausknecht as both pedaled north, police said.

Hausknecht's wife, Georgia Hsieh, said police told her that her husband was riding through a construction area when the gunman rode up in front of him and fired three shots while facing him.

The cardiologist was found feet away from the construction site, where about 500 workers were on duty at the time, a construction manager at the site said. But no one heard anything because of the equipment.

A close-up surveillance image showed the suspect wearing a blue, short-sleeve polo shirt, a khaki or white cap, khaki shorts and an olive-green backpack, police said.

Other surveillance images showed the suspected gunman just behind Hausknecht as both headed north on Main across West Holcombe Boulevard, police said.

Police highlighted Hausknecht with a green circle and the suspect with a red circle on images posted on Twitter. The fatal shooting happened moments after that crossing, one block away, police said.

Huntsville/Madison
Partly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 36°
Muscle Shoals
Partly Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 44°
Huntsville/Madison
Mostly Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 36°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Fort Payne
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 40°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 429655

Reported Deaths: 6283
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson63040956
Mobile30794557
Madison27486201
Tuscaloosa20996268
Montgomery19352315
Shelby18833120
Baldwin16653184
Lee12749102
Morgan12389119
Etowah11861176
Calhoun11292201
Marshall10290113
Houston8746156
Limestone813276
Cullman8125106
Elmore7999104
DeKalb776599
Lauderdale768698
St. Clair7651121
Talladega6309108
Walker5954174
Jackson586341
Colbert539873
Blount537683
Autauga525755
Coffee450456
Dale402981
Franklin369948
Russell340711
Chilton338966
Covington332668
Escambia326043
Dallas308896
Chambers293170
Clarke287833
Tallapoosa2641107
Pike255230
Marion248953
Lawrence246649
Winston229535
Bibb218847
Geneva205446
Marengo202829
Pickens197531
Hale179542
Barbour176036
Fayette172928
Butler170858
Cherokee161930
Henry156523
Monroe149818
Randolph142135
Washington139126
Clay127645
Crenshaw121544
Cleburne119023
Lamar119021
Macon118637
Lowndes112036
Wilcox105121
Bullock101128
Perry99019
Conecuh95720
Sumter89626
Greene76623
Coosa61015
Choctaw51624
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 694291

Reported Deaths: 8556
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby771571142
Davidson71578678
Knox39306418
Hamilton35049330
Rutherford33516288
Unassigned23161126
Williamson21679141
Sumner18454232
Out of TN1601379
Montgomery14719149
Wilson14622159
Sullivan12736212
Blount12146127
Washington12010193
Maury11079125
Bradley1093494
Sevier10589110
Putnam10001148
Madison9205180
Robertson774185
Hamblen7088112
Anderson6864107
Greene6655108
Tipton626865
Coffee567382
Gibson5671112
Cumberland544173
Dickson543579
Bedford535690
Roane526379
Carter5145115
Lawrence514269
McMinn511773
Warren502653
Loudon500050
Jefferson483876
Dyer478683
Monroe462763
Hawkins449970
Franklin415263
Fayette402151
Obion401980
Rhea384756
Lincoln381244
Marshall349238
Cocke348657
Cheatham343930
Weakley341848
Henderson334658
Campbell328640
Giles325373
Carroll314059
White312643
Hardeman311252
Hardin300048
Lauderdale295131
Macon291450
Wayne265020
Henry262958
Overton256145
DeKalb244142
McNairy242242
Haywood241045
Smith233028
Marion230831
Trousdale229314
Scott227331
Hickman225834
Claiborne217629
Fentress214233
Grainger211237
Johnson203033
Morgan191215
Crockett181338
Chester175838
Bledsoe175411
Unicoi168344
Cannon158920
Lake156620
Decatur148127
Polk144517
Union140723
Grundy140321
Sequatchie138318
Humphreys134417
Benton132535
Lewis128620
Meigs116416
Stewart107020
Jackson105423
Perry95325
Clay94626
Houston94222
Moore8179
Pickett68520
Van Buren6667
Hancock4076

Community Events