After five people were slain in Terrell, Texas, a man suspected in their deaths has been arrested after an intense, hours-long manhunt, authorities said Tuesday.
Police tracked down Charles Everett Brownlow Jr., 36, in a wooded creek near U.S. Highway 80 about 1:30 a.m., The Dallas Morning News reported. He is suspected in the grisly deaths of five people
in four locations on Monday, police Chief Jody Lay said.
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“We’re all in a state of shock,” Lay said at a news conference. “You have a tendency to think, ‘How can that happen here?’”
The deaths happened in Terrell, a small town east of Dallas. None of the victims has been identified.
The Dallas Morning News detailed the timeline of events: Authorities say the first victim was a woman found shot in the head near state Highway 34 about 5 p.m. About a half hour later, the body of a woman was found in Brownlow’s home, which was set on fire, authorities said. Several hours later, shots were fired a couple miles from the first shooting, and witnesses said they saw a man matching a description of Brownlow driving away in a Ford Focus. No one there, though, was injured. A short time later at a home about a mile away, a man and a woman were found shot to death; a 3-year-old boy was found unharmed in his bed.
Some 15 minutes after that, an off-duty officer saw the Focus outside a convenience store. A man believed to be Brownlow jumped in and sped away, leading to a high-speed chase that concluded at a dead end in the road. The man ran from the car, police followed, and Brownlow was found hiding in the creek.
The fifth victim was a clerk found in the convenience store. The store’s owner, Ali Karimi, told the Associated Press
that the clerk was a “beautiful young man,” who had a 1-year-old son.
Brownlow’s brother told the AP that the suspected killer is dealing with drug addiction.
Terrance Walker said that his brother lived at their mother’s home. Brownlow, Walker told the AP, “always wanted to take something that wasn’t his,” but their mother, Mary Brownlow, continued to put up with it.
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