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Ryan Mitchell Smith allegedly killed father Cameron Smith with a dumbbell after allegedly stabbing K9 while fleeing robbery


HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The 26-year-old man who led the police manhunt and was charged with stabbing a Houston police officer’s K-9 has been charged with the murder of his father.

Ryan Smith’s father, Cameron Smith, was found dead earlier this week.

According to court documents obtained by ABC13 during the night, Smith allegedly “killed his father shortly after stabbing a police K-9 while attempting to escape a robbery.”

The documents say that Smith killed his father on Monday by hitting him with a dumbbell.

Along with murder, Smith’s new charges include evading arrest.

It’s unclear when Smith will face a judge on the latest charges, but prosecutors have asked for $2 million for the murder charge and $300,000 for the evasion charge.

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Smith was at the center of a strange chain of events that began over the weekend, when Smith’s mother called the police to say her son had run away and gone in search of a gun, talking about killing himself.

Hours later, Smith was arrested, charged with two robberies, stabbing a Houston police K-9, and evading arrest. A family member paid his $50,000 bond.

According to police, when Smith was out, he went to stay at his father’s home in the Memorial Park. Family members were worried they had not heard from him so they checked the home on Monday and so did the police, but found nothing.

Police found Smith in his father’s pickup truck nearby, with the lights on. That’s when he drove off and led the officers on a chase. According to police, he abandoned his truck and walked near Memorial Park.

Meanwhile, police searched the Memorial Park home for a second time early Tuesday and found his father’s body in the garage.

Hours later, the manhunt for Smith ended when he was spotted walking on Highway 159 in Austin County and arrested.

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Smith was held free of charge on his charges and brought for questioning about his father.

By Thursday morning, he was charged with murder.

ABC13 spoke privately with Smith’s attorney, who stated that the young man was suffering from mental health issues.

“He has rights. His family and friends care about him, and we just want him to help,” said attorney Ralph Manginello.

Manginello said Smith spoke to investigators without him, which he was concerned about because of his mental health.

“As you know, a representative, cannot be questioned unless their attorney is there. So that’s related, yes,” Manginello said.

ABC13 has contacted Houston police for comment. A spokesperson said because this is an ongoing investigation, they were unable to comment further.

SEE ALSO EXCLUSIVE: ‘We’re all worried about his mental health’: Lawyer for man questioned in father’s death speaks out

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