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Burglary suspect discovered, arrested after officer hears gunshot

CROCKETT, September 27, 2013-- On September 25, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers with the Crockett Police Department were patrolling the area of Harold Street, in Crockett. While patrolling this area, an officer with the department heard a single gunshot and continued to patrol the area in an attempt to locate the source.

Officers attempted to make contact with a suspicious, black male walking in the area of Montgomery Avenue, and North Seventh Street. After initiating his emergency lights, the officer identified himself and attempted to make contact with the subject.

The subject, later identified as Roy Runnels Jr., age 45, of Crockett, fled from the officer on foot. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody. It was determined that Runnels, while fleeing from officers, discarded a stolen handgun and some other stolen items.

Runnels was arrested and transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked and charged.

On September 26, at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers with the Crockett Police Department were dispatched to the 400 Block of North Seventh Street, in reference to a burglary of a motor vehicle.

The complainant reported that a small black handgun and some other items had been stolen from her vehicle. It was determined that the handgun and additional property Runnels discarded was taken from that vehicle.

During the burglary, approximately two rounds were fired from the handgun that was stolen. Runnels was booked on charges of Evading Arrest or Detention and Possession of Firearm by Felon. Charges are pending on Runnels for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Theft of a Firearm and Deadly Conduct.


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