Florida fugitive shot, killed in Texas

Feb. 16, 2013 at 8:19 AM

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A violent fugitive on the run for four days after escaping from Florida police officers in Texas is dead, officials say.

Police in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine shot and killed Alberto Morales near Lake Grapevine, the area's WFAA-TV reported Saturday.

Morales had been at large since Monday after allegedly stabbing a Miami-Dade County detective with a pair of eyeglasses. The deputy was one of two transporting Morales to Las Vegas for trial.

Police began searching the area around the lake after a resident reported Friday afternoon his home had been burglarized and men's clothes and jewelry taken.

Morales was located with the aid of a police helicopter just before midnight in a wooded area. He was killed during a foot pursuit, authorities said.

It was not immediately known if Morales had a gun or was still in handcuffs.

The wounded Florida officer is expected to be released soon from a Dallas hospital.

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