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October 16, 2013

Parker County manhunt comes to deadly end

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The deputy again challenged Watkins but the suspect did not drop his gun, according to Fowler.

The officer then reportedly fired his weapon. However, the sheriff’s office believes the deputy missed because there was no evidence of blood in the vehicle, according to Fowler.

Watkins led deputies on a short pursuit to the end of Cindy Lane, where deputies reportedly saw him bail out of the vehicle at the end of the cul-de-sac and head west into the trees.

Authorities, who used a bloodhound to track the suspect’s scent, believe he circled around in the neighborhood and entered the unlocked house of a friend, who was not home on at the time.

There was some indication he was or had been in the attic of the home, according to Fowler.

The SWAT team created a perimeter around the single-story, red house Monday afternoon and attempted to contact the suspect inside but received no answer.

Gas was released in the house sometime before 7 p.m., according to Fowler, who said they were preparing to enter the home.

The Parker County Sherif’s Office, who was assisted by a helicopter pilot in a search of the neighborhood and several other law enforcement agencies, were still on scene after 8 p.m. Monday.

A woman who had gotten out of the vehicle during the traffic stop was left behind and arrested on outstanding warrants, according to Fowler.

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