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March 26, 2007
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S.C. shootout leaves 2 officers dead

The Associated Press
Officer Down: Marcus Stiles
Officer Down: Lonnie Wells

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — A police officer shot in the head during a weekend shootout died Monday, a day after another officer and the suspect were killed, authorities said.

Officer Marcus Stiles, 26, and another officer, Lonnie Wells, responded to the suspect's home on Sunday after a witness reported seeing a couple arguing outside a coin-operated laundry.

Police would not say what led to the shooting, but neighbors said they heard many shots.

Wells, 40, was found dead near a patrol car at the suspect's home. Stiles, 26, was shot in the head and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Moments after the shots were fired, the suspect, Gary Douglas, 51, stole a police cruiser and sped toward a highway roadblock. Witnesses said more shots rang out.

James Worsham, who heard the gunfire as he worked in his yard, said he saw the cruiser crash through a school fence and stop in a field. Officers had their guns drawn, but Worsham said the man in the cruiser was not moving.

Douglas was shot by police at his home and then again at the roadblock, said Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury.

Salisbury said it was unclear whether police gunfire killed the suspect or whether he shot himself. An autopsy was pending.

Moncks Corner is a small town in the state's southeast.

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