Houston police chief describes slain sergeant’s heroic final moments

A Houston police officer was shot and killed Saturday evening by a man who had been reported for assault, authorities said. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Sergeant Christopher Brewster’s death at a media briefing late Saturday. Police officials said in a tweet that the 32-year-old officer was shot just before 6 p.m.

At the briefing, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said police received a call from a female victim who reported that her boyfriend was assaulting her and armed with two firearms. Police responding to the address didn’t find the pair, but Brewster spotted them three streets away on Houston’s east side.

He was shot at and struck multiple times immediately after exiting his patrol vehicle, Acevedo said. Even though Brewster was fatally wounded, he called and reported the shooting, allowing other officers to contain the area, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reported.

“Although he was mortally wounded, he had the presence of mind to draw his pistol out of his holster to protect himself in case the suspect came up and he also had the presence of mind and courage to put out and broadcast suspect information that was critical for the responding units,” Acevedo said.

Brewster died about a half-hour after the shooting, which Acevedo said was captured on body cameras. Acevedo initially said Brewster wasn’t wearing his vest, but later confirmed that the officer was.