KILLEEN (AP) — A police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded late Saturday night after a shootout at a Central Texas apartment complex with a man armed with a military-style assault weapon.
The suspect also was killed in the shootout at the Grandon Manor Apartments, near Killeen Mall.
Killeen tactical officers went to the complex about midnight Saturday after a man was reported threatening people in the pool with a gun. A police statement said officers found the man in an apartment and tried to talk him out when he fired one shot.
Police said the man then came to the door with hands up but wouldn't come out. He backed deeper into the apartment, grabbed the rifle and began shooting at officers, wounding two — one fatally. Other officers killed the suspect.
"In 1917... that's the last time an officer was killed here," said Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith. "We're having to take this one step at a time; we're all grieving. The family's grieving. We've got a great officer that's going to be deeply, deeply missed."
Neither officer involved in the shooting was named by police. Both officers were initially taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition. One was stabilized and moved to Scott & White Memorial Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery.
Funeral services were pending for the slain officer.
“Early this morning, this community experienced the loss of one of Killeen's finest," police Chief Dennis Baldwin said in a written statement. "The days ahead will be challenging, but for now, we are mourning the loss of a great officer. Our hearts and prayers go out to the officer’s family during this difficult time."
The name of the suspect has not been released.