Houston Murder Suspect Arrested in Bryan

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BRYAN - A man wanted for murder in Houston spent the night in the Brazos County jail after he was arrested in Bryan.

Bryan Police say they stopped Tyrone Deon Taplin of Houston around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday for walking on the wrong side of the Verde Drive and found ecstasy and synthetic marijuana (K2) on him.

Authorities say Taplin, 34, gave them the driver's license of a dead person. As they were arresting Taplin on the drug and false identification charges, he ran from police. Eventually, he was caught on Silver Spur Court by the officers who originally made contact with him.

When police discovered who Taplin really was, they also found out he was wanted for the May 31 shooting of Peter Elam in Houston. According to Harris County records, a witness said Taplin and Elam were in a verbal altercation on Clover St, and that Taplin got a gun from a vehicle and shot Elam in the abdomen. Elam was pronounced brain dead that day, and died of his injuries on June 11.

The driver's license Taplin provided was not Elam's.

Taplin's total bond was set at a little more than $96,000 on the drug, evading arrest and murder charges.