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Home Invasion Suspect Fatally Shot by Irving Police

IRVING, TX – Early Saturday morning, a man suspected of being involved in a home invasion was fatally shot by Irving police after he opened fire on the officers.

According to department spokesman James McLellan, around 1:40 a.m. Saturday, Irving police were dispatched to a home invasion in the 700 block of Jeff Court. That’s where three men forced their way into the occupants’ home; one of the men were armed.

When the officers pulled up to the home, they saw two of the suspects walking out of the home carrying stolen property, but when the men saw the police, they ran back inside the house.

While the officers were setting up a perimeter, the three suspects escaped out the back door.

Around 3:20 a.m., a K-9 unit, a Department of Public Safety helicopter, and officers located one of the suspects, J. Alexander Gutierrez, 26, who was easily apprehended and taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery.

At around 4:40 a.m., officers were able to locate the two other suspects in the backyard of a home in the 600 block of Jeff Court. At least three officers confronted the two suspects.

McLellan said that C. Price Marcellus, 24, was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Marcellus opened fire at the officers; the officers returned fire, fatally shooting Marcellus.

The third suspect, O. Isau Zavala ran to a nearby home in the 200 block of 6th Street, where he hid under a porch. He was eventually captured and taken into custody shortly after 7:00 a.m.; the state will be charging him with aggravated robbery.

McLellan told the Dallas Morning News that none of the three occupants in the home were injured, nor were any officers involved. The three officers who returned fire are on administrative leave pending further investigation.

According to Dallas County records, Marcelles has a lengthy rap sheet. He pleaded guilty to a number of charges in the past, including possession and delivery of a controlled substance, robbery, and burglary of a habitation.

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