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Fugitive shot and killed by police (updated)
Escaped fugitive Alberto Morales, who had been on the loose since Monday night, was shot and killed by police shortly after midnight Saturday southwest of Lake View Park in Grapevine near Grapevine Lake.
According to Sgt. Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Police Department, police responded to a burglary call on Lakeridge Drive, near the park, late Friday night.
"We investigated the burglary and found that men's clothes and jewelry had been taken," Eberling said. "We thought that was suspicious and thought it might have to do with Mr. Morales."
Grapevine police then called in the U.S. Fugitive Task Force and Miami-Dade officers to assist with a ground search in the wooded area near the neighborhood and the Fort Worth Police Department to provide a helicopter. Eberling said through an infrared camera, Morales was located.
"We got Mr. Morales surrounded," Eberling said. "He didn't comply with officers when they told him to get on the ground, and he also lunged at officers. At that point, officers shot Mr. Morales."
Eberling said no police officers were injured during this search.
Thursday, Flower Mound police searched a wooded area between Bakersfield and Gerault parks after receiving a tip of Morales possibly being spotted in that area.
Morales was wanted for a variety of crimes, including attempted capital murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, and escape from custody. His criminal history also includes burglary with use of deadly weapon and sexual assault with deadly weapon.
He escaped police custody Monday when he stabbed one of the officers who was transporting him in a van from Miami to Las Vegas. They had stopped off at Wal-Mart in Grapevine when the incident happened.
Several schools in the area went on lockdown while the search continued.