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Police seek suspects in Texas doctor's slaying

Police seek suspects in Texas doctor's slaying

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BELLVILLE, Texas -- Police are searching for four suspects in connection with the weekend shooting death of a suburban Houston doctor.

Authorities said suspects in two vehicles, a white Ford F-150 pickup truck and a red Acura or Honda sedan, got past road blocks as they fled the scene, said Lisa Block of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

On Saturday, 56-year-old Dr. Jorge Mario Gonzalez was shot to death as he was arriving at his 30-acre ranch in Bellville, 60 miles northwest of Houston. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Block said the suspects were at the home when they attacked Gonzalez's family. Ranch hand Noel Galvan was also wounded but is in fair condition at a local hospital, said Sgt. Paul Faircloth of the Austin County sheriff's office.

Gonzalez was chief of critical care at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Sheriff's deputies responded after Gonzalez's wife, 29-year-old Charleen Gonzalez, called 911 to report a burglary as she hid from intruders. When authorities arrived, one of the intruders fired at a deputy but missed.

Gonzalez's wife and their 2-year-old son were not injured.

The Bellville ranch is in a rural, secluded area and only a resident would know whether any homes were there, Faircloth said. The home has an electronic privacy gate.

Authorities are interested in talking to the owners of a large silver or gray Lexus who may have witnessed the crime.

The Guatemala-born physician had won the respect of his colleagues for his patient-first approach and friendly disposition, said Dr. Jeff Kalina, associate medical director of emergency medicine at Methodist.

Gonzalez immigrated to Texas in the 1970s; he attended medical school there, then rose to critical-care chief at Methodist.

"He always seemed to be cheerful and had nicknames for all his colleagues; he called me 'Professor,"' Kalina said.

Gonzalez, who lived in a Houston suburb during the week, is also survived by three adult children from a previous marriage.

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