Terrell (TX)

Mass Murder, Manhunt, Police Chase—Just Another Night in Kaufman County, TX

Police first found the body of a woman who had been fatally shot in the head in the 300 block of Tyler Street, near State Highway 34, shortly after 5 p.m.

About a half-hour later, a firefighter spotted flames coming from [Charles Everett]¬†Brownlow’s home, a few blocks away on Stallings Street. Another woman’s body was found in that home, which had “very clearly” been deliberately burned, Lay said.

Police suspected a connection between the two crimes and called the Texas Rangers and Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office to help with the investigation.

Authorities soon determined that Brownlow [36] was missing, along with a white 2002 Ford Focus. Suspecting that the car had been stolen, police began looking for it.

About 10 p.m., shots were reported in the 800 block of North Frances Street, and a man matching Brownlow’s description was spotted leaving in a Ford Focus. No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred less than two miles from where the first body was discovered.

About a half-hour later — and less than a mile away — another shooting was reported in the 800 block of Eulalia Drive, where a man and a woman were found shot to death. A 3-year-old boy was discovered in his bed and appears to be “in good condition,” [Police Chief Jody]¬†Lay said.

Less than 15 minutes later, another man was found dead at a convenience store in the 700 block of West Moore Avenue after an off-duty officer spotted a man running away from it.

The man fled in a Ford Focus, and police chased it until reaching a dead end. The driver escaped on foot into a wooded area, dropping a handgun holster along the way.

Brownlow was arrested after he was found hiding in a creek near Gardner and Canton streets, about a mile from the convenience store, police said.

… Monday’s manhunt shook Terrell as heavily armed law-enforcement personnel went door to door searching for Brownlow.

Earlier this year, Kaufman County was the subject of intense police activity after District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, Cynthia Woodward McLelland, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse were slain.

Suspect captured after series of five slayings in Terrell. DallasNews.com|The Dallas Morning News, 10/28/2013.

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