Texas police officer, suspect killed in shooting; 2 others found dead

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By Ken Miller | Associated Press

A Texas police officer was killed early Saturday in a shooting that left the shooter dead, a second officer wounded, authorities said.

Two other people were later found dead inside a home in Austin, according to interim Police Chief Robin Henderson.

An emotional Henderson, who paused often during a news conference and appeared to be choking back tears, said officers were called to the home shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday by a woman screaming that she was being stabbed.

One person escaped the home before officers arrived, Henderson said, and told police the man in the home was armed with a knife.

Police then tried to enter the home and were met with gunfire, but did not return fire, retreated and called for a SWAT team, said Henderson, who did not take questions and was surrounded by about 10 other officers during her comments.

“SWAT officers arrived on scene and forced entry into the residence … to rescue the victims,” Henderson said. “As SWAT officers entered the suspect immediately fired his gun at the officers and the SWAT officers returned fire.”

Two officers and the suspect were struck by the gunfire with the suspect being killed at the scene and the two officers taken to a hospital, where one died and the second was in stable condition, Henderson said.

“Two apparent victims of the suspect were located inside of the residence with fatal injuries” and were dead at the scene, Henderson said.

Multiple officers opened fire and the shooting will be investigated by both the Austin Police Department’s internal affairs division and the department’s special investigation unit in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Henderson said.

No names have been released.

“I’m praying for the family of our fallen officer,” Austin Mayor Kirk Watson said in a statement, and “for our officer who was shot and in surgery and his family.”

“We rely on brave people who are in harm’s way when they are serving us,” Watson said. “This event jarringly brings home that truth.”

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