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Officer, suspect killed in Texas standoff

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June 07, 2006

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Officer, suspect killed in Texas standoff

Officer Down: Dale Geddie - [Tyler, Texas]

(AP Photo)
Biographical Info

Age: 45

Additional Info: Constable Dale Geddie had served for the Smith County Constable's office for 18 months. He had previously served as a deputy for the Smith County Sheriff's Department.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Geddie was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Date of Incident: June 7, 2006

Officer, suspect killed in Texas standoff

The Associated Press

TYLER, Texas- A man shot and killed a constable and injured a deputy responding to a domestic disturbance call Wednesday before officers killed him, authorities said.

Constable Dale Geddie, 45, was killed, and Smith County sheriff's deputy Daniel Leon, 34, was in surgery, said Tyler police spokesman Don Martin.

Officers shot Joseph Earl Walsh, 52, after he emerged from a house where he was holed up for about two hours, Martin said. Walsh's wife and child walked out of the house during the standoff.

Officials had been negotiating with Walsh, said Jean Dark, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

"At some point, he exited the residence carrying a weapon and made threatening advances toward the officers," Dark said. "They, in turn, took appropriate action."

Federal, state and local officers surrounded the house and snipers were positioned in the area after the officers' shootings. Some neighbors were evacuated, and others were told to stay inside their homes away from doors and windows.

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