Autopsies Ordered in Double Killing in Gulfport Fugitive Standoff In Texas

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Autopsies have been ordered on the two men, including Gulfport fugitive, Roderick Bowers, who were killed in a standoff at an apartment complex in Montgomery County, Texas early Friday morning. Bowers’ body was found along with the body of a man now identified as 52-year-old John William Mohr, inside an apartment at the Harmony Park Crossing apartment complex, after a stand off with law enforcement. Investigators do not believe the two men knew each other, nor do they believe Bowers knew anyone inside the apartment complex According to police, Mohr was just an innocent bystander who lost his life when three gunshots went off in his apartment as the SWAT team closed in. A robotic camera was used to enter the apartment, discovering the bodies of the two men.

It is believed 52-year-old Bowers shot and killed John Mohr before killing himself.  Bowers had been on the run since the November 10th killing of Gulfport resident, 32-year-old Cruz Johnson, and was wanted on other charges.

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Those involved in Friday’s multi-agency raid knew Bowers was considered armed and dangerous. According to Lt. Scott Spencer with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, “Montgomery County SWAT team members attempted entry into department, at which time three shots were fired from inside the apartment. SWAT team members set up a perimeter around that particular apartment and attempted to contact with the occupants. We received no contact. After a brief standoff, entry was made into the residence using a remote robot with a camera, which time two bodies were found deceased inside the apartment. One of the deceased has been identified as Roderick Bowers .”

Besides the murder of Cruz Johnson, Bowers was also wanted for the November 6th kidnapping of the mother of Bowers’ three children in Gulfport. Johnson and the woman reportedly worked together.

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