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Texas police officer and suspect killed in shooting

AP – A Texas police officer was killed yesterday in a shooting that left the shooter dead and a second officer wounded, authorities said.

Two other people were later found dead inside a home in Austin, according to interim Police Chief Robin Henderson.

Henderson said officers were called to the home shortly before 3am yesterday by a woman screaming that she was being stabbed.

One person escaped the home before officers arrived, Henderson said, and told police the man in the home was armed with a knife.

Police then tried to enter the home and were met with gunfire, but did not return fire, retreated and called for a SWAT team, said Henderson.

Two officers and the suspect were struck by the gunfire. The suspect was killed at the scene and the two officers were taken to a hospital, where one died and the second was in stable condition, Henderson said.

Multiple officers opened fire, and the shooting will be investigated by both the Austin Police Department’s internal affairs division and the department’s special investigation unit in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Henderson said.

No names have been released.

The Austin Police Department investigates the crime scene after an Austin police officer died following a shooting in Texas, United States. PHOTO: AP