‘Like the Wild, Wild West’: Witness describes shootout that killed HPD sergeant

HOUSTON – A witness to Monday’s deadly shootout that killed a Houston police sergeant described the scene to KPRC 2 during an exclusive interview Friday.

Police said Sgt. Sean Rios, a 25-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was killed along the North Freeway when he tried to intervene in an earlier exchange of gunfire between two vehicles on the freeway. Police said Rios died after stumbling to a nearby motel to ask for help.

“I haven’t slept a full night since,” said the witness, who wished to remain anonymous.

According to the witness, he heard two shots then looked toward the gunfire. He said he saw Rios in plain clothes coming up the street with his gun pointed at Robert Soliz, who has been charged with murder in connection with the case.

The witness said Soliz ran into a nearby greenhouse inside a nursery, while Rios took cover behind a chain-link fence pole on the perimeter of the nursery.

“They both began pointing their guns at each other and I heard shots,” said the witness.

Soliz was ducking, dodging and shooting behind plants, while the sergeant fired shots from the fence pole, according to the witness.

“It was literally like the Wild, Wild West,” said the witness.

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