A law enforcement officers from Little Elm, Texas, was shot and killed by a suspect during a stand-off that lasted for more than six hours. The suspect was later found dead inside the house where he barricaded himself. Authorities are not sure whether the suspect took his own life or died in the gun fight.
The events that led to the death of the Little Elm officers began on Tuesday afternoon. At around 3:00 pm, the local police department received a 911 call from a citizen who told them that he saw a suspect carrying a long-barreled rifle hanging around a house.
Detective Jerry Walker, 48, was the first officer who responded to the 911 call origination from 1400 block Turtle Cove Drive.
According to Orlando Hinojosa of Denton County’s Sheriff’s Office, when Walker and his partner arrived at the address, they’ve sighted a man in a house’s backyard, armed with a long rifle. When the police officers tried to approach him, the man retreated into his house.
As the man went back into his house, the officers tried to return to their vehicle. However, according to Hinojosa’s statements, at around 4:00 pm, the man, who was still carrying the gun, ducked behind an open window, and opened fire on the officers.
The first shot fired from the man’s gun wounded Walker in the neck area. After a couple of minutes, several police cars surrounded the shooter’s house and began to return fire.
The local fire department managed to take Walker away from the scene and to transfer him to the local hospital for emergency surgery. However, Walker, the Little Elm officer, passed away several hours later at the hospital.
According to the authorities, there was another person inside the house during the stand-off. Several police officers broke one of the windows located on the first floor and managed to rescue an elderly person, whom they believe to be the shooters mother.
After more than six hours of shooting, the officers managed to get inside the house, only to discover the suspect dead on the floor. According to the latest statements released by Little Elm’s Police Department, they could not say for certain whether the suspect took his own life when he realized that he had nowhere to run or if he was shot by one of the officers during the stand-off.
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