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Suspects can breathe a sigh of relief now that the manhunt for Florida fugitive Alberto Morales is over.

Neighbors in the Grapevine area were stunned to learn the fugitive had been lurking near their homes.

Sgt. Robert Eberling with Grapevine Police said officers heard rustling in the woods near a 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.

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.

"Although we don't relish the fact a life was taken, we're thankful no one else was harmed. We're thankful the citizens of the communities no longer have to life in fear of Alberto Morales," said Sgt. Robert Eberling of the Grapevine Police Department.

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