Houston Cardiologist Murder Suspect Dead

Updated 5:45 p.m.

After searches in the suspect’s home in Westbury, the two-week city-wide manhunt for the man wanted for killing a well-known Houston cardiologist, Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, is over. Houston Police and the FBI say Joseph James Pappas, 62, committed suicide in another southwest Houston neighborhood after he was confronted by police.  Neighbors near the crime scene reacted to what happened.  (Video 1:32;  0:20 Stephen/Neighbor, 1:12 Joe/Neighborhood resident)

Joseph James Pappas                           Dr. Mark Hausknecht

Police say Pappas targeted Dr. Hausknecht and had a 20 year-old grudge after Pappas’s mother died during surgery by the cardiologist years ago.  Dr. Hausknect was shot and killed on July 20th while riding his bicycle to his job in the Texas Medical Center.

Authorities asked for the public’s help in finding and identifying the suspect. From a citizen’s tip, police identified the suspect on Wednesday afternoon, August 1st as Joseph James Pappas, a former law enforcement officer.  Pappas lived in Westbury in southwest Houston and was not found during searches at his home.  Pappas eluded authorities until today.

Below is a statement from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner:

“The potential threat to the City from an accused murderer considered armed and dangerous is now over, closing another chapter of this horrific tragedy. And once again it involved heroic acts by frontline officers of the Houston Police Department, which has my gratitude for how it has handled this case and so many others.

“But they could not have succeeded in this case without information and support from members of the public. I encourage everyone who has information about pending and future cases to come forward and help our city save lives.”

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