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2 Officers, Suspect Killed in Idaho

January 4, 2001

EDEN, Idaho (AP) _ Two sheriff’s deputies and a suspect were killed in a gun battle after the officers tried to serve a warrant to search a house for drugs.

Cpl. James Moulson, 30, and Cpl. Phillip Anderson, 23, were shot to death Wednesday evening along with George Timothy Williams, 47, at a home in Eden, a town of 300 residents 10 miles east of Twin Falls.

Moulson, a four-year department veteran and married father of a 9-month-old son, and Anderson, who was single and had been a deputy for two years, were dog handlers and were both wearing bulletproof vests, Sheriff Jim Weaver said.

The sheriff said other officers were backing up Moulson and Anderson, but no one else was wounded.

The Rev. Robert Gomes, the sheriff’s chaplain, said a grief support team is working with officers and their families.

``We pull together because we’re a family. We’re a brotherhood,″ he said. ``I expect every police officer within 500 miles will probably come to the funeral.″

Wednesday’s deaths were the first killings of on-duty law enforcement officers in Idaho since 1998, when state Trooper Linda Huff, 33, died in a shootout in her agency’s Coeur d’Alene parking lot.

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