charged with murdering George H.W. Bush’s former cardiologist
committed suicide Friday after being confronted by two members of
the Houston Police department, officials said.
Police Chief Art Acevedo declared "This is our suspect" at a press
conference less than an hour after Joseph Pappas, 62, shot himself
near his home in Houston.
explained that a witness called authorities at 9:21 A.M. to say he
had seen a suspect he believed was Pappas, as well as a wallet with
his ID that he left on the ground. Acevedo said he wasn't sure if
Pappas left the wallet on purpose or by accident.
Pappas, 62, (pictured right) committed suicide on Friday morning
after being confronted by two members of the Houston Police
Department. He was suspected of shooting dead Houston
cardiologist Dr Mark Hausknecht (left)
police arrived, they found Pappas wearing body armor. He did not
comply with officers' commands and, when more officers closed in,
Pappas shot himself in the head, around 3.5 miles from his home.
said he was convinced there may have been a shootout with police had
a second officer not arrived.
released a sketch of the gunman and surveillance video days
after the shooting (Houston
don't wear body armor when you're thinking of suicide," he said.
added police believe Pappas had been camping since Wednesday, when
he was identified as the suspect in Dr. Mark Hausknecht's death.
Pappas was found with a backpack and a bullet proof vest under his
also addressed reports of a "hit list" Pappas had. He said that the
suspect had put together an extensive file on Hausknecht, and inside
the file there was a sheet with several names of other doctors and
employees of the Texas Medical Center, all of whom were informed.
Police Chief Art Acevedo (pictured) declared "This is our
suspect" at a press conference less than an hour after Joseph
Pappas, 62, shot himself near his home in Houston (Fox
confrontation with police came the day after Houston
police searched and cleared his home after
a neighbor alerted authorities when they saw an open gate and
spotted someone resembling him. A light was also on inside the
believed Pappas was seeking revenge for his mother, who died on
Hausknecht's operating table more than 20 years ago.
was shot three times while riding his bike on July 20. Pappas,
who was also riding a bike, rode past the doctor before turning
around and pulling the trigger, according to police.
IDENTIFIED IN MURDER OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH'S FORMER DOCTOR
was a well-known doctor who once treated former President George
H.W. Bush (AP)
worked from 1983 through 1995 as a peace officer with two
Houston-area constable offices. He also worked from 1995 through
2013 as a reserve officer for the same constable offices,
according to records from the Texas Commission on Law
since Hausknecht was shot dead, Pappas appeared to have been
putting his affairs in order.
Ohio woman claimed he deeded his Houston home to her three days
after the attack.
Spencer, from Painseville, said she received notification in
the mail from family friend Joseph James Pappas, 62,
according to The
said upon receiving the deed, which was executed in February
2017, but recorded July 23 at the Harris County Courthouse, that
she phoned him.
called him on the 24th and he said he had a terminal illness,
and that’s why he deed [me] the house,” she said.
who has known Pappas for 25 years, says she subsequently
received a text message on July 30, the day one of her
daughters was going to meet with him in Houston, claiming he
was going to commit suicide.
for handling this this way. House and property is now yours.
Please make best use of it for you and [your daughter]”, the text
receiving the text, Spencer phoned her daughter and the police.
added another of her daughters, who Pappas took under his wing
when the woman lived in Houston, was aware he was angry with “a
doctor” over his mother’s death but she did not know any more.
IN MURDER OF HW BUSH'S FORMER DOCTOR APPARENTLY TRIED TO SELL
GUNS ONLINE DAYS AFTER SLAYING
also apparently tried to sell guns online days after
carrying out the murder.
days after the killing, a stash of weapons — including two
tactical vests, a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition — was listed
for sale on a popular firearms website, the Houston
Chronicle reported. The seller’s number was traced back
to Pappas’ real estate company. It’s unclear if any of the
weapons were used to kill Hausknecht.
Bush was treated by Hausknecht in 2000 for an
irregular heartbeat after he complained about lightheadedness.
Bush paid tribute to him as a "fantastic cardiologist and a
News' Katherine Lam and Amy Lieu contributed to this report