HOUSTON – Houston police Sgt. Sean Rios was killed Monday afternoon during a shootout along the North Freeway in Houston, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo.
Rios, 47, was a 25-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, Acevedo said.
The chief said Rios was assigned to Hobby Airport and was on his way to his 2 p.m. shift when the shootout happened.
Acevedo said Rios leaves behind four children, between 9 and 17 years old. Family members said Rios also had a brother.
Family members said Rios came from a family of law enforcement. Acevedo said Rios had two cousins who work as detectives at HPD.
According to the Houston Police Officers Union, Rios served in the Marines.
Rios is the fourth line-of-duty death at HPD since December, Acevedo said.