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A gunman killed two people and injured four others, including three police officers, before committing suicide at a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, police said Sunday.
The injuries of the four survivors were not life-threatening, police said.
The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. Saturday as officers answered a report of gunfire in a Haltom City neighborhood, Sgt. Rick Alexander said Sunday. Killed at the address provided were Collin Davis, 33, and Amber Tsai, 32, 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 wound, he said.
Security footage of a neighboring home, shown at a press conference on Sunday, showed three officers approaching the address when rapid gunfire broke out, injuring three officers. Officers returned fire as the gunman fled through a back door. Tracked through the air, the gunman identified as 28-year-old Edward Freyman shot himself, Alexander said. Freyman was found with a “military-style rifle” and a handgun, he said.
“This was an ambush,” Police Chief Cody Phillips said, adding that if officers “were not prepared for the situation, it would have been a lot worse.”
The shooter and the two people he killed knew each other, but their relationship wasn’t immediately apparent, Phillips said.
The wounded officers were Cpl. Zach Tabler and officers Tim Barton and Jose Avila. Tabler was injured in the arm, hand and leg; Barton was injured in the leg; and Avila was injured in both legs, Phillips said. Barton was treated at a hospital and was released Sunday, Phillips said, while Tabler was recovering from surgery and Avila awaited surgery.
The Texas Rangers, the state’s elite investigative agency, have taken over the investigation. No motive for the shooting was immediately established.
The incident is one of several recent cases where law enforcement officers were fired upon while answering calls.
Three officers were shot dead in eastern Kentucky while trying to issue a search warrant. Police took a 49-year-old man into custody late Thursday night after an hours-long standoff at a home in Allen, a small town in the Appalachia hills. He is still stuck on $10 million bail charged with two murders of a police officer.
In Chicago, a police officer was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot repeatedly in an ambush Friday morning while answering a report of domestic violence, Police Commissioner David Brown said. A suspect was hospitalized pending a psychiatric evaluation and is being held on $2 million bail.