Suspect in Trinity Co. manhunt is now in custody

Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Source: Trinity County Sheriff's Office
Damarcus Jenkins (Source: Lufkin Police Department)
Damarcus Jenkins (Source: Lufkin Police Department)

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The suspect in a manhunt that took place in Trinity County Monday is now in custody, according to the Lufkin Police Department.

Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department, said that Damarcus Jermaine Jenkins, 32, of Lufkin, has been arrested. Several Deep East Texas law enforcement agencies spent several hours searching for Jenkins, who was considered "armed and dangerous." He allegedly fled from the Lufkin Police Department in a vehicle before bailing out and running away on foot in Trinity County.

In a video he posted to his office's Facebook page, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said that Jenkins surrendered to authorities without incident, and the manhunt ended peacefully.

"The suspect is now in custody, so everybody in the FM 358, Moore Cemetery Road, and Bill Jones Road can rest easy," Wallace said in the video. "Assisting in the search was Angelina County, Lufkin PD, DPS troopers, Rangers, a SWAT team from Lufkin PD, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, and the game wardens. There was a DPS helicopter that went over the woods and actually found the guy and caused him to walk out without incident."

Wallace said earlier Monday morning that his deputies and officers and Special Response Teams from other law enforcement agencies were looking for the armed and dangerous suspect in the area of Bill Jones Road, Moore Cemetery, and FM 358. He said a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter assisted in the manhunt, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice search dogs were on their way.

The sheriff said authorities think the man has fired shots at officers, and he said they know the suspect has fired shots at dogs in the area.

According to Wallace, the suspect fled from Lufkin Police officers Monday morning and wound up in Trinity County. Wallace said once the suspect got to the FM 358 area, he bailed out of his vehicle and ran on foot.

A press release from the Lufkin Police Department said Jenkins led LPD officers on a chase down State Highway 94 West into Trinity and Houston counties after he attempted to break into his former girlfriend's home during a domestic dispute at Greenbriar Apartments. A Lufkin PD arrived on the scene and saw Jenkin's silver Chevrolet Impala leaving the apartment complex.

"When the officer initiated a traffic stop, Jenkins refused and headed west on state Highway 94 into Trinity and Houston counties at speeds of 60-65 mph," the press release stated. "Twenty minutes into the pursuit, which began at 9:52 a.m., Jenkins fired shots at officers from his car and then accelerated to 85 to 90 mph, just after passing Centerville ISD. Officers did not return fire."

At about 10:40 a.m., Jenkins started "slow-rolling" his car, and he bailed out near the 600 block of Moore Cemetery Road in Groveton, the press release stated. Jenkins allegedly fired a round at a dog that chased him before he ran into a nearby wooded area.

"After being connected with Jenkins via cell phone, Officer Devin Trotti talked the man into surrendering," the press release stated. "Because Jenkins could not find his way back to the nearest road, Trotti directed the Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter to Jenkins' location."

At that point, the DPS helicopter led Jenkins out of the woods and to the place where the Special Response Team was waiting to take him into custody, the press release stated.

Jenkins had two outstanding Class C misdemeanor warrants, and additional charges are pending.

The Hudson Police Department also assisted in the search, and no injuries were reported, the press release stated.

An alert from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office urged people in the Moore Cemetery and FM 358 to stay indoors during the search.

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