Police ID suspect in Houston cardiologist's murder

Arrest warrant issued for suspect in killing of former President George HW Bush’s doctor

Police are searching for a man now charged with murdering a prominent Houston doctor.

'I don't know when he chose to do this, but I'm very familiar with how this murder was committed and there was a lot of planning that went into this, ' Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said evidence was found during a Wednesday morning search at the home that connects Pappas to Hausknecht's shooting death.

At 4 a.m. Wednesday, police performed a search warrant. Channel 2 Investigates learned Julia Pappas died of natural causes on April 2, 1997, due to cardiovascular atherosclerotic disease, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Police urged those with any information about his whereabouts to call 911.

Now, as the manhunt drags on, police continue to warn that Pappas could be armed and unsafe, and - thanks to his law enforcement background - have access to police radio and tactical channels to monitor the dragnet police have cast to catch him, Acevedo said.

Joseph James Pappas, 62, is suspected of shooting Dr. Mark Hausknecht.

Pappas worked for 30 years as a constable, according to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records. They ask for the public's continued support of law enforcement's efforts in finding and apprehending this unsafe and armed individual as soon as possible.

"I never expected this at all", she said.

Arrest warrant issued for suspect in killing of former President George HW Bush’s doctor

Acevedo said investigators obtained enhanced surveillance video that led to tips on Pappas, including the fact that his mother died on the operating table under Hausknecht's care 20 years ago.

News of his death made national headlines and prompted heartfelt responses from the medical community, other local hospitals and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, the doctor's former patient.

Acevedo told reporters that evidence indicated Pappas put a lot of planning into the alleged crime. She described Pappas as smart and helpful.

"The bike has not been recovered", Acevedo said.

"We know that he had a lot. had firearms, more than one, ' Acevedo said, adding that they were 'absolutely" certain he is to blame for the doctor's death.

On Armslist.com, a website where people can sell firearms, someone with the same phone number as Pappas' real estate company had several listings for a variety of weapons and accessories, including a.38-calibre revolver, a semi-automatic rifle and some bullet-proof vests.

No disciplinary action had ever been taken against Hausknecht, according to the Texas Medical Board.

"He is nearly lost in the past", Dr. Ablow said.

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