Whenever a suspect is fleeing law enforcement for a crime that they are suspected of, it can be made even worse by getting into an accident that ends up taking the life of another.
That is what happened when an accused shoplifter who is now likely also facing the charge of murder in connection to the death of a Bellaire motorcycle officer during a high-speed chase.
According to prosecutors, the accused has been identified as is Dante Jerel Moore, 27. Moore, along with a friend had been allegedly shoplifting at a Target in Meyerland. The two were chased from the store by loss prevention officers.
The loss prevention officers spotted Officer Anthony Zarate, 52, in the parking lot and told them about Moore and his accomplice.
Zarate, a motorcycle officer with the Bellaire Police Department pulled up behind the two men before they pulled out of the parking lot. Zarate dismounted his motor and approached them on foot and the men pulled away. Officer Zarate then gave pursuit through Bellaire.
During the high-speed chase of Moore, Bellaire Officer, Anthony Zarate, 52, crashed into a trailer. Paramedics arrived on the scene and attempted to perform CPR o Zarate.
Officer Zarate was transported to an area hospital where he later died as the result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.
Moore turned himself in to the authorities last Wednesday and admitted that he had been driving the vehicle that police were chasing through Bellaire residential neighborhood. Investigators say the estimated speed during the chase reached as high as 80 miles per hour.
Prosecutors in outlining their case against Moore said that Moore himself admitted to investigators that he had been driving so fast during the chase that he had difficulty concentrating on the road.
Moore has been accused of felony murder- causing the death of someone while committing another felony. If convicted of this and the other related charges against him, Moore could be facing imprisonment for life.
If you or a loved one has been injured or been tragically lost in a high-speed chase or any other kind of an accident, it can leave families wondering what to do or where to go next.
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