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Police identify Texas officer fatally shot outside store

December 6, 2021 GMT
This family photo provided by the Mesquite Police Department, in Mesquite, Texas, shows Officer Richard Houston. Houston was killed Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, while responding to a disturbance call outside a suburban Dallas supermarket. (Family Photo/Courtesy of Mesquite Police Department via AP)
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This family photo provided by the Mesquite Police Department, in Mesquite, Texas, shows Officer Richard Houston. Houston was killed Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, while responding to a disturbance call outside a suburban Dallas supermarket. (Family Photo/Courtesy of Mesquite Police Department via AP)
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This family photo provided by the Mesquite Police Department, in Mesquite, Texas, shows Officer Richard Houston. Houston was killed Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, while responding to a disturbance call outside a suburban Dallas supermarket. (Family Photo/Courtesy of Mesquite Police Department via AP)

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — Police have released the name of the officer who was fatally shot while responding to a disturbance call outside a suburban Dallas supermarket.

Mesquite police said Saturday that Officer Richard Houston was killed Friday. Police said a prayer vigil will be held for him Sunday evening in front of the police department.

Police said Houston, who was married and had three children, was hired as a police officer in Mesquite in January 2001.

“This was a senseless act of violence,” Mesquite Police Chief David Gill said. “Richard was a great officer, friend, father, and husband. Please keep his family and our family in your prayers.”

Police have said Houston was responding to a report of a disturbance in the supermarket parking lot when the suspect pulled a gun and opened fire. The officer returned fire, wounding the suspect.

Police have said the suspect was taken to a hospital. Police have not released the suspect’s name or current condition.