A 44-year-old Houston man has been found dead in a marsh near his hometown, a week after he allegedly assaulted his wife, threatened a pair of Harrington police officers with a shotgun and disappeared, prompting a police manhunt, State Police Cpl. Bruce Harris said.


A 44-year-old Houston man has been found dead in a marsh near his hometown, a week after he allegedly assaulted his wife, threatened a pair of Harrington police officers with a shotgun and disappeared, prompting a police manhunt, State Police Cpl. Bruce Harris said.

Harris said police had been looking for Harvey D. Griffith, 44, since Aug. 9, the day of the alleged domestic attack, but police dogs lost his trail in a wooded area near Houston. On the morning of Aug. 16, the crew of a police helicopter noticed “large birds” circling a field in the same area, landed and found Griffith, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

There’s no official word on exactly what kind of gun fired the fatal shot, but Harris said police found shotgun ammunition near Griffth’s body and in the van he used to run from police a week before.

Police had been looking for Griffith since a neighbor called 911 on Aug. 9 when she saw him allegedly shove his wife to the ground on their front yard. Harris said Griffith had already left when police got to his house, but he tried to come back while officers were still there, leading to a short car chase through the town of Houston.

Harris said that chase ended when Griffith drove down a dirt road, stopped his van in the middle of the street and “leaned over the front hood and pointed a shotgun directly at the officers.”

Police took cover and tried to talk Griffith into lowering the gun, Harris said, but he ran away on foot, into the woods where he would be found a week later.

Griffith’s body was pulled out of the swamp with the help of the Houston Fire Department and turned over to the state Chief Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy.