The Dallas Police Deputy Chief says that the suspect fits the bill of a “serial killer”.
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth: ‘The Definition of a Serial Killer:' Police Tie Celina Murder Suspect to at Least 3 Dallas Murders.https://t.co/s3C09ok6e8
— #GeorgiaRaising (@bishopsring_) November 21, 2020
Here are the details on the cases.
In Celina, Texas, firefighters responded to a residence where locals informed authorities that they’d first heard gunshots inside of and then saw plumes of smoke coming from the home.
After the fire was extinguished at the residence, Celina Police say firefighters had found the body of 60-year-old Blair Carter inside of the home.
Witnesses alleged to have seen a man running from the residence prior to firefighters arriving on the scene. The description afforded to police of the suspect led to the arrest of 31-year-old Jeremy Harris.
At the time, Harris was arrested on murder charges on November 18th, with his bail having been set at $1 million.
Victim, Suspect Identified in Ongoing Celina Murder Investigation https://t.co/Nje4ofuT6E
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) November 19, 2020
However, Dallas Police say that Harris may be connected with several murders and shootings in the weeks prior to the house fire and death of Carter in Celina.
During a press conference held on November 20th, it was announced that Harris has been charged with three additional counts of murder – two of the murders having been committed in the week prior to Carter’s and a murder of an SMU from October 31st.
Police also say that Harris is being looked at for three shooting incidents that happened in Denton, Prosper and Frisco recently.
Dallas Police Deputy Chief Reuben Ramirez stated the following about the suspect at the center of all these murders:
“In my opinion, based on what I’ve seen so far, I believe this is the definition of a serial killer.”
Authorities say that recent evidence obtained places Harris at the scene of these fatal shootings, but noted that there has yet to be a motive attributed to the killings.
Dallas Chief of Police Renee Hall said that the various murders and shooting incidents attributed to Harris that are being investigated are “alarming” due to their seemingly “random” nature:
“It was alarming because it was separate and apart from anything that we’ve seen. These were incidents of random homicides and random acts of shooting that were, as I said before, inconsistent with any of the homicides and or aggravated assaults that we’ve seen throughout the year.”
Dallas Police Deputy Chief Avery Moore shed some light on the suspected shooting incidents that investigators believe Harris was involved in, noting that the vehicle described by witnesses in those cases matched that of Harris’:
“There was a shooting in Denton, Prosper, Frisco and there was an actual homicide in Celina. The detectives thought it was interesting from the perspective of there was a black vehicle that was associated with all of the shootings as well as the homicide.”
Additional evidence, according to Deputy Chief Moore, was said to have placed Harris in “all three of these locations at the exact time these offenses occurred.”
Chief Hall expressed that the department is “grateful” that Harris is in custody, but that these are the very sort of cases that stoke fear into a community due to their random nature:
“Violence itself, homicides and aggravated assaults put a certain level of fear in our community, to begin with. But the knowledge that someone is randomly, with no real reason and reckless regard for human life is going around murdering individuals is a separate fear.”
With the newfound charges levied against Harris, his bail has since been increased to $3 million, with the possibility of it being raised even higher down the road. He’s currently being held at the Collin County Jail.
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In other recent reports stemming from the Dallas area, authorities recently released bodycam footage that took place between college police officers and a suspect engaged in a shootout.
Here’s that previous report.
DALLAS, TX – Given all of the chaos that ensues surrounding police involved shootings, Dallas Police have now released body camera video of a deadly shootout between Dallas College officers and a suspect they were attempting to place under arrest, in order to be transparent.
In addition to the released footage, The Dallas Police Department also included a video statement which did not allow questions from reporters.
Fox 4 reported that on Thursday, November 5th shortly before 6:30 p.m., several El Cento College officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle. The car was blocking the entrance to a parking garage off Elm Street near El Centro College in Downtown Dallas. Minutes later, the driver emerged from a nearby 7-Eleven.
College Police Officer Shot:
Dallas College El Centro Campus Police Officer Shot In Downtown Dallashttps://t.co/wT8Fuu17TJ
— privateofficer (@privateofficer) November 11, 2020
As officers attempted to question the driver, identified as 25-year-old Reginald Alexander Jr., he ignored them and got into the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
Dispatch can be heard on the officer’s bodycam telling officers about an outstanding warrant that Alexander had.
The shooting involved Dallas College police about a block away from the El Centro campus in downtown Dallas. One of the officers was shot, but will survive. https://t.co/eQGBHKzPJx
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) November 7, 2020
Court records show Alexander had an outstanding warrant for violating his probation from a family violence conviction.
Public records show he’d been arrested in Dallas County several times between 2014 and 2020 for charges ranging from harassment to assault-family violence.
The plea agreement for the family violence charge did not state whether or not Alexander was prohibited from possessing a firearm, Fox 4 reported.
Once the officers received that information from dispatch, they ordered Alexander to exit the vehicle, and place his hands on top of the car. Officers can be heard on the body camera saying “get your hands where I can see ’em” and “put your hands on the car”, commands which Alexander ignored.
A struggle then ensued, and officers can be heard saying “gun! He’s got a gun!”, and “don’t do it!” Gunfire can then be heard, as officers fired their weapons in self defense. Two officers were injured, one of them being shot during the incident.
— Gregory D. Evans (@GregoryDEvans) November 11, 2020
Dallas Police Department included a still frame image of Alexander pointing a gun at officers, which they included with the bodycam footage before releasing it, to avoid any doubt the officers lives were in danger.
The Dallas Police Department also released a close-up image of Alexander’s gun.
Fox 4 reported that even though this shootout involved Dallas College police officers, Dallas PD is investigating it. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is conducting a separate investigation and they had investigators on scene that night.
The second Dallas College officer who joined in the struggle provided a different angle of the encounter, and the events that ensued on his body camera.
Both officers who fired their weapons are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.
The officer who was shot has been released from the hospital.
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