Charles Everett Brownlow Jr., 36, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. in Terrell, Texas, following a town-wide manhunt for a suspect in the brutal murder of five people, according to AP.
The rampage began shortly before 5 p.m. yesterday. The bodies of the five victims were found in four different locations beginning with a woman who had been fatally shot. Shortly after, Brownlow’s home caught fire, from intentional means police later found, and another body of a woman was found there. Police determined that Brownlow and his car were missing from his home.
At 10:30 p.m., a man and woman were found shot to death inside their home, where there was also a three-year-old boy who was not harmed. He was later released to family. Fifteen minutes later, another man was found dead at a convenience store. Brownlow then escaped the scene on foot, and was later apprehended at a creek where he was hiding.
“We’re all in a state of shock,” Police Chief Jody Lay said. “You have a tendency to think, ‘How can that happen here?’ This is a country community, a rural community, people are real close. This is going to be, it’s going to have a really big impact on us.”
Lay did not name the victims and did not provide details of their relationships to the suspect. “We’re still in the process of putting this massive investigation together. We’re still making sure that surviving family members are appropriately notified,” Lay said.
That’s it then. It doesn’t matter where you live, you should never assume it’s safe, unfortunately. Hopefully this small Texas town will soon be able to put all this craziness behind them.
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