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Fugitive shot & killed during police confrontation

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Update Saturday evening:

A Dallas hospital spokeswoman confirms Miami-Dade Detective Jaime Pardinas was released Saturday morning. His family says he is expected to return home to Florida soon.

Update 12:00pm

We're getting a clearer picture of what led to the police confrontation and fatal shooting of Alberto Morales.

Sgt. Robert Eberling with Grapevine Police said officers heard rustling in the woods near the home on Lake Ridge Drive where the burglary was reported on Friday night. Police called for a helicopter search of the area and officers surrounded the suspect in an opening once he was spotted.

At that point, Sgt. Eberling said, three officers ordered Morales to surrender. Eberling said the officers shot Morales multiple times after he refused to show his hands and lunged at them.

According to police, Morales was armed with wooden sticks.

"He was able to almost kill an officer with some eyeglasses," Eberling said, "He was certainly skilled with using pointed objects as weapons."

Sgt. Eberling also said Morales was not wearing handcuffs when he was found. Those handcuffs, he said, are still missing.

Police also said Morales was wearing pants, and it is not clear if he got those from the burglary on Lake Ridge Drive. Sgt. Eberling said he was not aware of any other burglaries in the area.

Police said their investigation is far from over and will now focus on where Morales was between the time of his disappearance and his death. Sgt. Eberling emphasized that police did not believe anyone was helping Morales elude police.

Update 9am
Statement below from Grapevine Police. We are awaiting an update later this morning:

At about 10:35 PM on Friday February 15, the Grapevine Police Department received a report of a home burglary in the 2100 block of Forest Hills Rd. Officers at the scene learned that men's clothing and jewelry were missing from the home. Members of the Fugitive Task Force responded to search the surrounding area. With the assistance of a Fort Worth Police Department Helicopter, Morales was spotted in a wooded area not far from the home that had been broken into. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Miami-Dade Police Department and Grapevine Police Department saturated the wooded area. Morales was located and was shot while trying to apprehend him. This matter is still under investigation.

Original Post

Grapevine police say Miami escapee Alberto Morales was shot and killed during a confrontation with officers near the west shore of Grapevine Lake early Saturday morning. It brought to a deadly end an exhaustive four day manhunt for the state's most wanted fugitive.

Police say they tracked Morales to a brushy area along the lakeshore near Lake Ridge Drive after receiving a report of a home burglary in the area Friday night. It is not clear who tipped police, but the caller reported several missing items from the home, including men's clothing and jewelry. Grapevine police called in assistance from the US Marshals Service and the Fort Worth Police helicopter. It is unclear if Morales was armed or whether he was still wearing the handcuffs that were chained to his waist prior to his escape.

Morales had been on the run since Monday night, when police say he stabbed a Miami-Dade police detective repeatedly in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on State Highway 114 with the sharpened point of a pair of broken eyeglasses. The detective, Jaime Pardinas, is recovering at Parkland Hospital from wounds to the neck and back.

Surveillance video showed Morales running away after the attack in shorts, sneakers and a hoodie sweatshirt. Police launched an extensive search by air and ground, but were growing increasingly concerned after four days with no confirmed sightings.

Detective Pardinas and his partner had been transferring Morales by airplane from Miami to Nevada to serve prison time for a sexual assault conviction. Police say Morales became so disruptive on the flight, he was kicked off in Houston. The detectives transferred him to a rental car and were driving through North Texas to rendezvous with another detective. 

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