The Mesquite Police Department announced Dec. 4 that Police Officer Richard Houston was fatally wounded in the line of duty on Dec. 3 while responding to a disturbance in the 1500 block of S. Belt Line Rd. in the City of Mesquite. During the course of the investigation, Officer Houston was shot multiple times. He was transported to Baylor Hospital and was pronounced deceased at 2:11 p.m. Officer Houston was a 21-year veteran of the Mesquite Police Department and was married with three children.
Mesquite Police Chief David Gill said, “This was a senseless act of violence. Richard was a great officer, friend, father, and husband. Please keep his family and our family in your prayers".