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Texas sheriff’s officials change account of deadly shooting

February 16, 2018

SPRING, Texas (AP) — Houston-area sheriff’s officials have changed their account of a deadly shooting involving a man handcuffed by deputies who was able to retrieve a gun and fire.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies went to a Spring home Jan. 31 on a disturbance call and encountered 35-year-old Matthew Vincent Cobb.

Authorities said at the time that Cobb was handcuffed when he broke free from custody, pulled a gun from his pants, shot a deputy and critically injured another man.

But officials clarified in a statement Friday that it’s not clear if Cobb’s gunfire struck anyone before he ran into a bathroom where he fatally shot himself.

A deputy who ran from the gunfire turned back in Cobb’s direction and fired, striking the second man, who was a resident of the home.

Another deputy also was shot but it’s not yet clear by whom.

Both are recovering from their injuries.

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