Manhunt for shooting suspects takes authorities to Huntsville

The search for two shooting suspects in Trinity nearly ended in Huntsville Tuesday when a HPD constable followed the vehicle of one of the suspects to the Brooks Place Apartment Complex on south Sam Houston Ave.

HPD Constable, Reed Prehoda, spotted the 2004 green Dodge Truck after the Trinity Police Department contacted the area police and notified them to be on the look out for the vehicle stolen by one of the suspects.

After the vehicle was located in the parking lot of the apartment complex by police, the suspects fled on foot and jumped over the fence into a local neighborhood.

According to Huntsville police Chief Jean Sanders, a combined force of authorities was searching the areas adjacent to where the suspects were last seen fleeing which included Boettcher Drive, Old Houston Rd, and Sam Houston Ave. The Huntsville Police Department, Walker County Sheriff’s Office, University Police Department, Huntsville Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and two DPS helicopters were all helping by 3 p.m. that day.

Several schools in the area were placed on lockdown as a precaution. Bluebonnet Children’s Academy, Promise Montessori School and Stewart Elementary were among the schools offering extra security for students until the suspects were apprehended.

Residents in the area were told to take precaution by locking their homes and cars. Some of the residents at Brook Place Apartments were also told to stay in their apartments.

The suspects were wanted on charges of aggravated robbery and a shooting in Trinity, a town approximately 20 miles northeast of Huntsville.

According to Chief Lynn Gentry at the Trinity Police Department, 38-year-old Vanard Murray came home to find the two suspects robbing his residence. They shot him and stole his vehicle, the 2004 green Dodge. The condition of the victim is not known.

One of the suspects was identified as black male, approximately 5’10” and 165 pounds. The suspect was also described as having short hair with a receding hairline and he was last wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

Police are asking anyone with leads on the whereabouts of the suspects to please call the local police department at (936) 435-8001.

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