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Houston News: Motorcycle crash kills Bellaire officer pursuing suspects

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

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The Harris County District Attorney’s Office identified a person of interest in a motorcycle crash that killed a Bellaire police officer on Tuesday.

Prosecutors did not release the name of the person of interest Tuesday night.

Crime Stoppers retweeted a photo posted by a KTRK reporter that shows a man who’s being called the person of interest in the case:

Officer Anthony Zarate, 52, crashed shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in a residential area along the 8500 block of Ferris while pursing suspected robbers in the Meyerland area.

Zarate, a seven year veteran of the Bellaire Police Department, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

“This is a police officer doing his job for a community that he loved. He lost his life in the line of duty – just like American police officers do every two to three days in this country,” said Byron Holloway, Bellaire’s police chief.

Minutes before the crash, a loss prevention officer at a Target store in the nearby Meyerland shopping center chased a pair of men who were suspected of stealing items into the parking lot. The store employee spotted Zarate in the parking lot, flagged him down and told him about the fleeing men.

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