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Four Killed in Texas Shootout

October 13, 1999

PLEASANTON, Texas (AP) _ Three law officers lured to a rural trailer park by a bogus 911 call were slain by a gunman who wounded two more people before killing himself, authorities said.

Two Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department deputies and a Texas state trooper were gunned down with a high-powered rifle in the ambush late Tuesday south of San Antonio.

The gunman, who was not immediately identified, apparently lured them to his mobile home with a 911 call, said state Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox.

``I don’t remember anything like this since Waco,″ Cox said. ``Except that, there’s really been nothing where there’s been so many officers killed in Texas in my memory.″

The deputies were killed instantly as they approached the home, Cox said.

The suspect then apparently grabbed a pistol from one of the fallen officers, crossed a dirt road and hid himself in underbrush.

When the state trooper arrived, he sent out a radio call that officers were shot. He was shot before he could remove his seat belt, Cox said.

The suspect continued to fire at officers from his hiding spot, eventually killing himself with the stolen pistol. The wounded officers were listed in fair condition at a San Antonio hospital.

``It’s very disturbing,″ Bexar County sheriff’s deputy Clyde Ross said. ``It was a very bloody scene.″

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