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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.

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