Police Name Suspect Who Fatally Shot President H.W. Bush's Heart Doctor

Joseph James Pappas

Police in Houston, Texas released the name and photo of the man suspected of shooting and killing Dr. Mark Hausknecht, who treated former President George H.W. Bush. Police said that 65-year-old Joseph James Pappas planned the murder because of a decades-old grudge after his mother died on the operating table. 

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that they were able to identify Pappas thanks to public tips. They searched his house and found evidence that tied him to the murder. They warned that he is armed and may be suicidal. 

"If he's committed suicide, we need the body. If he's alive, we need to find him," Acevedo said.

If he is alive, authorities also believe that Pappas should be considered extremely dangerous. Acevedo explained that Pappas has "some skill" in shooting due to the difficulty of the shots that killed Dr. Hausknecht, who was biking to work when he was killed two weeks ago.

Acevedo also told residents to be on the lookout for a Schwinn ten-speed bicycle that belongs to Pappas. He said that Pappas rode it "extensively and almost exclusively."

Photo: Houston Police Department

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