Police hunting for Colt Morgan, a suspect in a stabbing death, have offered a $5,000 reward for help in locating him and released a dashcam video showing how he fought off a Texas police officer and was tasered before he escaped.
In the video, Morgan can be seen putting his hands on the hood of a car at the direction of Officer Stephen Pate on Nov. 23. When Morgan slipped his left hand into his waistband, Pate grabbed his arm and the two men begin to wrestle.
Police said in a statement that Morgan was reaching for a Glock handgun in his waist. The gun fell to the ground during the tussle and Morgan began to run, police said.
“The officer pulled out a Taser gun and shot the suspect, but Morgan fell forward and the wires got pulled out, so he got back up and ran again,” said Sheriff Kevin Ellis of Leon County, which includes Buffalo.
Morgan has been on the run since late October after allegedly stabbing his girlfriend, Wende Marshall, to death and burning her body to get rid of the evidence, police in Harris County said. The authorities were aware that Morgan was in the Buffalo region at the time, and Pate saw Morgan carrying grocery bags and walking on the side of the street.
“He (Pate) wanted to question him to identify him and find out who he was,” Ellis said.
A few days before Pate stopped Morgan, police found what they believed to be his make-shift shelter made of plastic trash bags and duct tape just south of Buffalo along some railroad tracks. Authorities also believe that Morgan is responsible for the robbery of two vehicles from a nearby barn, where it is believed that he obtained the firearm and a red four wheeler.
“We don’t have any idea where he could be right now,” said Ellis. “If there is anything citizens can do to help, they can see if there has been anything at their homes have been tampered with and report it right away to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.”
The Harris County Crime Stoppers are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information on the case.