Dispatch Tapes of Morales Manhunt Released by Grapevine Police

Nearly five hours’ worth of radio transmissions

By Andres Gutierrez
|  Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013  |  Updated 7:31 PM CDT
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Listen to excerpts from recordings between Grapevine officers and police dispatchers on the night Miami fugitive Alberto Morales was shot and killed after a five-day manhunt.

Grapevine Police Department

Listen to excerpts from recordings between Grapevine officers and police dispatchers on the night Miami fugitive Alberto Morales was shot and killed after a five-day manhunt.

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Police Release Dispatch Tapes From Morales Manhunt

Grapevine police have released the tapes that recorded the conversations between officers and dispatch on the night Miami fugitive Alberto Morales was shot and killed after a five-day manhunt.
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Nearly five hours of Grapevine police radio transmissions provide an inside look into the fatal end of the search for Miami fugitive Alberto Morales.

NBC 5 obtained the transmissions from a Freedom of Information Act request.

Morales, 42, was shot and killed after a five-day manhunt in Grapevine.

The search began Feb. 11, when Miami-Dade detectives Jaime Pardinas and David Carrero were transporting Morales to a prison in Nevada to serve a 30-year sentence for a sexual assault conviction.

Police said Morales used a sharp piece from his eyeglasses to stab Pardinas and escape when the officers stopped at a Wal-Mart in Grapevine.

Local, state and federal law enforcement fanned out in the community looking for Morales.

On Feb. 15, Grapevine police said they received a burglary call at about 10:30 p.m. from a home in the 2100 block of Forest Hills Road near Grapevine Lake.

According to the radio transmissions, Morales stole men's clothing, including shorts, jogging pants, shirts and shoes.

Police then launched a search in the area for Morales.

Here are excerpts from the transmissions:

"Officer: Everybody if they can hear me -- stay in pairs, I don't want anybody moving by themselves."

"Officer: He's on a tree! Look to your left! Look to your left! On a tree! On a tree!
Officer: Shots fired! Shots fired!
Officer: We're OK, we're good!"

"Dispatch: Shots were fired. The suspect is possible in tree."

"Officer: Do you have a suspect down?
Officer: Looks like he's down! He's been shot!"

"Dispatch: Copy, we're going to get F.D. [fire department] out there"

"Officer: Please advise the subject is in custody
Dispatch: The subject is in custody; 325, 327 -- you can disregard the dogs"

Grapevine police said officers opened fire after Morales refused to put his hands up and lunged officers.

Pardinas is back in Miami, recovering from his injuries.

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