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HOUSTON – A Houston police officer shot and killed himself Tuesday afternoon in downtown Houston, according to reports.

The incident happened at that old HPD headquarters, located in the 6100 block of Riesner.

Upon completion of traffic court, the officer went back to the garage and entered his patrol car.

Police sources said the officers who made the discovery were alerted by the fact that the emergency lights in the victim's patrol unit had been turned on and were flashing. That's what made them take a closer look. They found him dead inside the car.

"When officers pulled him out of the vehicle, at that point, they determined he was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," said Houston Police Public Information Officer Victor Senties.

The officers also retrieved the weapon from the patrol car. The officer's identity has not been released.

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