Gunman killed 2 people, injured 3 police officers in Texas: NPR


Law enforcement is working at the scene where several people were shot near Cedarcrest Drive and Diamond Oaks Drive in Haltom City, Texas on Saturday.

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Gunman killed 2 people, injured 3 police officers in Texas: NPR

Law enforcement is working at the scene where several people were shot near Cedarcrest Drive and Diamond Oaks Drive in Haltom City, Texas on Saturday.

James Hartley/Star-Telegram via AP

A gunman killed two people and injured four others, including three police officers, before killing himself at a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, police said Sunday.

The injuries sustained by the four survivors were not life-threatening, police said.

The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. Saturday when officers were responding to a report of shots being fired in a Haltom City neighborhood, Sgt. Rick Alexander said on Sunday. Collin Davis, 33, and Amber Tsai, 32, were killed at the reported address, Alexander said.

Tsai was found dead inside the house, while Davis was found dead outside, Alexander said. An elderly woman who called 911 but was not otherwise identified also suffered a non-life-threatening injury, he said.

Security video shot from a nearby house shown during a press conference on Sunday showed three officers approaching the address when rapid gunfire erupted, injuring three officers. Officers returned fire as the shooter fled the house through a back door. Tracked by air, the shooter identified as 28-year-old Edward Freyman committed suicide, Alexander said. Freyman was found with a “military-style rifle” and a handgun, he said.

“It was an ambush situation,” Police Chief Cody Phillips said, adding that if the officers “hadn’t been prepared for the situation, it would have been much worse.”

The shooter and the two people he killed knew each other, but their relationships weren’t immediately clear, Phillips said.

The injured officers were Cpl. Zach Tabler and Officers Tim Barton and Jose Avila. Tabler was injured in the arm, hand and leg; Barton suffered a leg injury; and Avila was injured in both legs, Phillips said. Barton was treated at a hospital and released on Sunday, Phillips said, while Tabler recovered from surgery and Avila awaited surgery.

The Texas Rangers, the state’s elite investigative agency, took over the investigation. No motive for the shooting was immediately determined.

The incident is one of several recent cases in which law enforcement officers have come under fire while responding to calls.

Three officers were shot dead in eastern Kentucky while trying to execute a warrant. Police arrested a 49-year-old man Thursday night after a standoff lasting several hours at a home in Allen, a small town in the hills of Appalachia. He remains jailed on $10 million bail charged with two counts of murdering a police officer.

In Chicago, a police officer was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot multiple times in an ambush Friday morning while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, Police Superintendent David Brown said. A suspect has been hospitalized pending a psychiatric evaluation and is being held on $2 million bond.


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