5-Day Manhunt Ends with Florida Fugutive Killed

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Alberto Morales, the Florida fugitive who escaped his police escort on Monday by stabbing one with a sharpened piece of his eyeglasses, was fatally shot early Saturday after he breaking into a nearby Grapevine home, a Grapevine police spokesman said.

With the assistance of a Fort Worth police helicopter, the 42-year-old Morales was spotted in a wooded area not far from the home that had been broken into, spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling said in a statement.

Members of the U.S. Marshalls fugitive task force, Miami-Dade police and Grapevine police saturated the wooded area, Eberling said.

Morales was shot while officers tried to apprehend him at 12:25 a.m., he said.

On Friday, police received a call at 10:35 p.m. that someone had broken into a home on the 2100 block of Forest Hills Road, where men's clothing and jewelry were missing, Eberling said.

The report didn't say if Morales was armed.

On Monday, Morales was being escorted to Nevada where Morales was to serve a sentence of 30 years to life after being convicted of a sexual assault. He was removed from D/FW Airport after creating a disturbance.

While one of his escorts went inside a Wal-Mart store parking lot in Grapevine, he used a piece from his eyeglasses to stab a Miami-Dade detective, Jaime Pardinas. The officer is expected to recover from multiple stab wounds. He is being treated at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Pardinas was accompanied by Miami-Dade Det. David Carrero during the transfer. They flew to Houston with Morales and then decided to drive the rest of the way after he became disruptive on the flight.

They had stopped near the Wal-Mart while waiting for a third officer who was flying to the Dallas area to join them. Department policy requires three officers to be present for ground transfers of prisoners.

On a recording of a 911 call of the incident released Wednesday, Pardinas can be heard breathing heavily as he tells the operator that he's been stabbed. He described Morales' height, weight and appearance and then added, "He's a schizophrenic."

The escape set off a massive five-day manhunt in North Texas.

This report contains material from The Associated Press.

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

Twitter: @bshlachter

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