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Texas officers shot in standoff, gunman kills self

The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — A man police said shot two officers who were trying to serve a domestic violence arrest warrant, which sparked a six-hour standoff, was found dead inside his South Side home.

Police identified the gunman as Andres Vargas who they say killed himself. He was found dead on the second floor early Tuesday morning after the SWAT team threw tear gas to gain entry into the home around midnight. Police did not say exactly when Vargas may have killed himself but said they heard a gunshot as SWAT was throwing the tear gas.

On Monday evening, Officers Brandy Roell and Lawrence Robarts went to the home to serve a warrant on Vargas, who was accused of shooting at his ex-wife on Saturday. When the officers entered the home, the man opened fire, hitting Roell in the back and Robarts in the leg and shoulder, police said in Tuesday's online edition of the San Antonio Express-News.

Robarts was able to drag himself out the back door, where he collapsed in the yard. Roell, however, lay injured near the staircase, all as the shooter continued firing from above.

Meanwhile, an officer with the Tactical Response Unit, Pedro Garcia, rushed into the home. Holding his assault rifle with one hand and shooting it "like a pistol," Garcia grabbed Roell with his other hand, carrying her to a patrol car. Two more officers went to the backyard and attended to Robarts, who had to be lifted over two fences to reach an ambulance, the newspaper reported.

San Antonio police officer Joe Rios told The Associated Press early Tuesday that Roell was in "critical but stable condition" and Officer Lawrence Robarts was in "stable" condition at area hospitals.

Earlier, SWAT and other police officers spent hours trying to negotiate with the suspect, closing off the neighborhood and asking residents to remain inside.

Just hours before that in a separate incident, Officer Jeremy Swindells was shot while investigating a robbery. Swindells shot at the two suspects, killing one and injuring the other, but not before he was shot in the leg by one of the men, police said.

Rios said Swindells was in "stable" condition early Tueday.

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