Attorney for man accused in HPD Sgt. Sean Rios' death requests probe be turned over to Texas Rangers

Attorney Paul Looney speaks about the arrest of his client, Robert Soliz, during a news conference in Bellville, Texas, on Nov. 11, 2020.
Attorney Paul Looney speaks about the arrest of his client, Robert Soliz, during a news conference in Bellville, Texas, on Nov. 11, 2020. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – The attorney of a man accused in the shooting of a Houston police sergeant sent a formal request to turn the investigation into the shooting over to the Texas Rangers.

The request was sent to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Monday by attorney Paul Looney, who is representing Robert Soliz.

Soliz is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Houston Police Department Sgt. Sean Rios. Soliz is being held in jail on a $700,000 bond.

The suspect charged with the murder of Sgt. Rios was back in court Thursday morning. Robert Soliz, 24, made his second court appearance. (KPRC 2)
Robert Soliz, as seen in this mugshot from Nov. 11, 2020. (Houston Police Department)
Robert Soliz (left) is seen after his arrest in Houston on Nov. 10, 2020. A second person of interest (right) is seen in surveillance camera images released by the Houston Police Department on Nov. 10, 2020. (HPD/Law enforcement source)

A second man, described by police as “a person of extreme interest,” is being sought in connection with the case.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.


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