Manhunt underway after close call with accused killer

Police say Colt Morgan got away from a police officer during a violent encounter
December 2, 2013 2:59:09 PM PST
We have new video in the manhunt for an accused killer. Colt Morgan is accused of killing his girlfriend, burning her body and burying it outside her Cypress home. Now police dash cam video shows him slipping out of custody.

A police officer in Buffalo, which is halfway to Dallas, had Morgan in his custody, but Morgan managed to get away.

Compelling dash cam video shows how close this officer came to danger and how violent authorities say this accused murderer can be.

When Buffalo Police Officer Steven Pate spotted a suspicious man walking along the roadway on November 23, he made contact with him. At first, the man authorities identify as murder suspect Morgan, remained calm as the officer asked if he had any weapons.

Then he can be seen on video making a move for his waistband.

Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis said, "You can see in the video, he's reaching down, trying to get a pistol. He has a pistol in his waist band."

Sheriff Ellis says Morgan dropped the Glock .40 caliber in the struggle. Off camera, he head-butted and elbowed the Buffalo police officer with blows sharp enough to break free and then ran. The officer used a Taser on Morgan, but when he fell forward, investigators say the contacts were pulled out of him. No one has reported seeing Morgan since.

"There is a good possibility he is gone from the area, but he very well could still be here, too," Sheriff Ellis said.

Morgan is wanted for the murder of his fiancée, Wende Marshall. She disappeared at the end of October. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says he burned her body inside her Cypress area home. Some of her remains were found buried on the property.

After the run-in with the officer in Buffalo, investigators located a makeshift shelter they believe Morgan had been staying in nearby. Since then, they have discovered three burglaries they believe Morgan committed. They say he was after food, clothing and may have even stolen weapons.

There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to Morgan's arrest and conviction. If you know anything about this case, you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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