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Killeen Police Shooting: 1 Officer And Suspect Killed In Central Texas Shootout

07/15/2013 03:03 pm ET

A late-night shootout left one police officer and a suspect dead in Killeen, Texas, over the weekend.

The Killeen police shooting took place at Grandon Manor Apartments on Saturday night after tactical officers responded to reports of an armed man threatening people at the complex's pool, according to local reports.

By the time the tactical response unit arrived, the suspect was inside an apartment, brandishing a rifle.

In a statement released by the Killeen Police Department, Public Affairs Officer Carroll Smith said that the officers attempted to speak to the man, who fired one shot. He then came to the door with hands raised, but as officers attempted to take him into custody, he backed into the apartment, armed himself with an AK-47 and began shooting.

"All of a sudden I hear a boom," witness Heather Lanham recalled to KXXV-TV. "It sounded like a gunshot. I heard more, several, like someone was spraying [gunfire] and I come outside and the cops were yelling at the gentleman that lived over there put it down, put it down, come out and then it went from there."

At that time, two officers were critically injured, while others exchanged fire with the suspect, killing him. Both Killeen police officers were transported to a local hospital, and one was declared dead by medical personnel. The other wounded officer was stabilized.

The police department has not released the name of the two officers or the suspect.

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