During a news briefing on Wednesday at 1200 Travis, police said Mohammed Mohamed, 47, initially wanted someone to throw acid in the officer's face and maim him. The suspect changed his mind and decided he wanted the officer dead, HPD Chief Art Acevedo said.
Police said Mohamed agreed to pay $2,000 for the murder.
Acevedo said HPD staged a scene to make it appear the officer was dead by using photos from the staging to help convince the suspect that the murder had been carried out.
Mohamed is expected to face charges for solicitation of capital murder.