Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is being criticized this week after he ripped into Senate Republicans, accusing them of delaying legislation for the benefit of the NRA, this after one of his officers was killed in the line-of-duty over the weekend while responding to a domestic abuse call.
Christopher Brewster's death at a media briefing late Saturday.
According to the police department, the officer, Sgt. Christopher Brewster, was responding to a domestic disturbance just after 5:45 p.m.
The incident was caught on body-worn camera, Acevedo said.
Acevedo went on to say that Brewster's sacrifice was a result of "the cowardice of the political people that we have in office". A boyfriend who abusing his girlfriend.
Acevedo claimed that passing the bill would have prevented the officer's death, but the suspect was already in violation of the law for his possession of a firearm. So I don't want to see their little smug faces about how much they care about law enforcement when I'm burying a sergeant because they don't want to piss off the NRA.
Solis' father, Roberto Solis, told the Houston Chronicle his son is "going to have to pay for what he did", adding that his son showed signs of mental illness as a teenager and had armed himself after someone broke into his home recently.
Arturo Solis, dressed in yellow jail clothing, said nothing during a short court hearing before state District Judge Danilo Lacayo.
Acevedo also berated pro-gun advocates who oppose new provisions in the law. He got out of his auto near the 7400 block of Avenue L and saw Solis' girlfriend walking behind him, pointing out the man.
"For many years, Senator Cruz has worked in law enforcement, helping lead the fight to ensure that violent criminals - and especially sexual predators who target women and children - face the very strictest punishment", the spokesman also said in the email to CNN.
Houston police sergeant shot and killed Saturday.
Solis allegedly admitted to shooting Brewster and indicated that he did so in hopes that he could avoid being arrested.
Sergeant Brewster joined the HPD in 2010 and was promoted to Sergeant in February.
The top cop in Houston, Texas, blasted senators Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell and others for their support of the National Rifle Association after he had to confront the reality of losing an officer to gun violence. "The fact is that this killer was a criminal whom federal law already prohibited from having a gun".
The fatal shooting of the Houston officer was one of three killings of police officers nationwide in a two-day period.