Accused Workplace Killer Confesses – Victim was Planning to Retire

Harry Parnell and his son Tim. Courtesy Katy Police Department

KATY/HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – We’re learning more about the man who is charged with murder and aggravated assault after being arrested in the Katy area Thursday afternoon. He was handcuffed and taken out of his apartment on South Parkview Drive off Barker Cypress Road between Saums Road and Park Row Drive after a brief negotiation.

Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith told KTRK-TV that Evan Parker, 34, may have felt picked on at work. Parker is accused of stabbing his boss to death and stabbing a co-worker who suffered serious injuries and required Life Flight to take him to Houston’s medical center. The incident happened Wednesday night at Orizon Industries on FM 362 at Wilson Road in Brookshire.

It wasn’t until the next day that deputies were able to safely apprehend Parker.

“Law enforcement officers made entry. The suspect, Parker, was sitting on his couch. He had a BB gun pistol in his hand,” Waller County Chief Deputy Craig Davis told KTRK. “It’s my understanding he pointed it at them. They backed out and began a short negotiation which lasted 20 to 30 minutes, then he surrendered with no injuries to himself or law enforcement officers.”

Detectives say Parker has since confessed to killing Harry Parnell, 64, who is the father of  Katy Police Officer Tim Parnell. The elder Parnell was planning to retire this year according to the Channel 13 report. His son’s handcuffs were used during the arrest on Thursday.

“He enjoyed his job and he treated people the way he wanted to be treated,” Parnell’s son Tim told KTRK. “He didn’t deserve this.”

Parker may claim that he was picked on at work, but there may be others who will make the same claim about him. He is a violent felon with a long police record according to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this incident, Parker had compiled an extensive criminal history of aggravated robbery, assault, resisting arrest and aggravated assault against a public servant.

He was reportedly a contractor for Orizon Industries.

Click below to view the full KTRK report.

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