Gulfport Fugitive One of Two Men Dead After Stand Off at Texas Apartment Complex

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Wanted for murder, considered armed and dangerous, and an entire apartment complex and neighborhood on lock down overnight as Texas law enforcement worked to close in on Gulfport fugitive Roderick Bowers overnight.

The scene unfolded Thursday night at Harmony Park Apartment complex in Montgomery County, Texas as deputies, Houston police, Texas Rangers and U.S. marshals teamed up to try and capture the 52-year-old fugitive wanted on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated domestic violence and homicide in Gulfport, Mississippi.  After several failed attempts by law enforcement to contact the person who lives in the apartment, and a SWAT team’s attempted entry inside, three shots rang out from inside the apartment.

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After a brief stand off, a remote robot with a camera was used to enter the apartment – discovering two dead bodies inside. At this time, one of the deceased has been presumptively identified as Gulfport fugitive Roderick Bowers. The identity of the other person found dead has not yet been released, but authorities have confirmed it is the 52-year-old white male resident who lived at the apartment.

You may remember, as we first reported back on November 10th, police were looking for Bowers in connection with a fatal shooting on 47th Avenue early that Sunday morning and a kidnapping that took place back on November 6th. Police believe both crimes are related.
Thirty-two-year-old Cruz Johnson was killed, and another person injured, in that November 10th shooting in Gulfport. A vigil for the victims was planned at Jones Park in Gulfport after that fatal shooting, but was cancelled because of safety concerns.

Friday morning, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victim here in Montgomery county as well as the victims in Gulfport, Mississippi.”

We’ll continue to keep provide information as it becomes available to us.

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