FORT WORTH (CBS 11 News) – A four-day manhunt for a violent escaped prisoner ended with the convicted serial rapist being shot and killed.
Alberto Morales, who escaped in Grapevine while being transported from Miami to Nevada, was found by law enforcement shortly after midnight Saturday.
Police say they received a tip from a homeowner near Grapevine Lake that their home had been broken into. Fort Worth Police launched an aerial search of the area and were able to locate Morales in a densely wooded area, leading officers on the ground to his position.
According to Sgt. Robert Eberling with the Grapevine Police Department, a Grapevine Police officer and two officers with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force were able to surround Morales in a small opening in the woods. Eberling says that Morales, who was very skilled at making makeshift edged weapons inside prison, was carrying sticks in hands, which likely threatened officers.
“Obviously, he was able to almost kill an officer with some eyeglasses, so he was certainly skilled with using pointed objects or edged weapons,” said Eberling.
Officials say he was shot while officers attempted to apprehend him. No officers were hurt.
“Once they had him in sight, he refused to obey their verbal commands to surrender, obscuring his hands from view,” said Officer Sam Shemwell, Crime Prevention Officer with Grapevine Police. “At that point, he made a movement, or what officers characterized as he lunged towards them to within a matter of feet. At that point they had no choice but to fire upon him.”
Sam Shemwell on KRLD