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Officer and suspect killed after standoff in Texas

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The Associated Press

Smith County Constable Dale Geddie and Deputy Daniel Leon were injured in a standoff in Tyler, Texas, on Wednesday. Geddie died as a result of the incident. View the Slideshow (AP Photo/Smith County Sheriff's Office)
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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