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Residents Relieved Fugitive No Longer A Threat

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GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas residents are thankful the manhunt for a dangerous fugitive is finally over.

It was near a neighborhood where residents said they “rarely locked” their doors, where Alberto Morales was found.

A burglary call at a Grapevine home where men’s clothing and jewely had been stolen tipped police off to Morales’ possible whereabouts.

Grapevine resident Teresa Parker came home from a night out with her husband around 10:30 p.m. Friday night.

“I knew something was wrong. I knew someone had been in there because the lights were off when we left,” she said.

A back window had also been broken. The couple called 911.

Police focused their search in the neighborhood near the break-in.

Janelle Gillingham said police came to their home after midnight, telling them they would be on their property.

“We came out at 1:30 a.m. to see if we could turn some lights on for them in the barn and they said they had caught him already,” said Gillingham.

The Fort Worth Police helicopter was called in to help locate the fugitive. Infrared cameras later helped police spot Morales on the ground in a densely wooded area near Grapevine Lake.

Police surrounded Morales and commanded him to surrender. Police said Morales lunged at officers and officers fired their weapons, killing Morales at the scene.

“It’s a little too close to home,” Gillingham said.

Residents say they are grateful to all the officers who helped with the search.

“I just want to thank them for what they do for putting their lives on the line for all of us here in Grapevine,” said Parker.

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