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Front Page November 26, 2013  RSS feed

Manhunt for Houston murder suspect intensifies in Buffalo

By Mac Shadix

Colt Morgan Colt Morgan An intensive manhunt for Colt Morgan, 29, on the run from accusations of the grisly murder of his girlfriend Wende Marshall, 44, in Houston continues in Buffalo as of noon Monday, November 25 and was made more difficult by the cold, wet weather. Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis and his department joined Buffalo Police Chief Lance Pavelka and his department along with DPS troopers, Texas Rangers, TDCJ trackers and U.S. Marshalls. Morgan was reported to be in the Buffalo area last week and was then spotted by police on Saturday evening.

Buffalo Patrolman Stephen Pate saw Morgan on foot near Brookshires grocery store on West Commerce St. and stopped him across the street from Gilliams Grocery about a block north of Brookshires. At some point during the stop Morgan tried to pull something from his belt and the two men struggled. Officer Pate knocked a Glock 40 from Morgan’s hands and Morgan struck Officer Pate in the face with his elbow and ran, leaving behind his gun and his backpack which held food and water. Office Pate managed to fire a taser at Morgan and struck him, but as he fell he was at the end of the wire and it pulled loose. Morgan then fled.

Image from local security camera believed to be Morgan. Image from local security camera believed to be Morgan. Buffalo Police Chief Lance Pavelka described Morgan as 5’10” tall with brown, close-cropped hair which is growing out. As of Saturday night he had a heavy growth of stubble. Morgan was wearing a gray hoodie with black stripes down the side, black cargo pants and black boots. He wore a black knit cap on his head.

The Chief urged residents to take extra security precautions: to not leave their keys in their vehicles, to lock their doors and to make sure all of their firearms are secure. He added that anyone seeing a person fitting Morgan’s description should call 9-1-1 or the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at 903-536-2749. No one should try to apprehend this man who is considered very dangerous. Call 9-1-1 and leave the job of arrest to the professionals.

With the suspect still at large, BISD schools were taking extra security precautions this week

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