Murder suspect killed after defying Dallas police

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Posted on February 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 9 at 11:27 AM

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DALLAS — A murder suspect was killed late Friday night in a standoff with Dallas police

Investigators said Stoney Eugene Rawlinson was wanted for killing his girlfriend, Samantha Rasmus, and stuffing her body in a plastic container.

The suspect called police saying he wanted to turn himself in at the parking lot of a Tom Thumb supermarket at Skillman Street and Abrams Road around 11:45 p.m. But as officers approached his vehicle, police spotted a gun and ordered Rawlinson to put it down.

Police opened fire when he refused, department spokesman Senior Cpl. Demarquis Black said.

A SWAT team was called to the scene to approach the vehicle because the suspect's condition was not clear. He was found dead inside the car.

Black said a weapon was recovered inside Rawlinson's car.

Police said Rawlinson, 39, was the suspect in the machete attack of Rasmus, whose body was was found in a cargo container in a remote section of southeast Dallas on Thursday afternoon.

Neighbor Linda Foster told News 8 she had heard the couple arguing on Monday night, and that was the last time she saw Rasmus alive.

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