North Texas police detective killed in standoff

LITTLE ELM, TX (KTRK) -- A police detective has died after being shot while answering a report of an armed man outside a house in a suburban Dallas neighborhood.

Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison says Detective Jerry Walker died Tuesday night at a Denton hospital hours after the shooting.

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Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison holds a press conference following the death of Detective Jerry Walker.

Authorities say the episode began about 3pm Tuesday with the report of a man outside a house, armed with a long gun. Denton County sheriff's Lt. Orlando Hinojosa says officers arrived to find an armed man screaming at them from a backyard.

As officers withdrew, the man ducked into the house and fired from a window, striking Walker.

Tactical squad officers arrived and a standoff ensued. Just before 10:30pm, authorities announced that the suspect was found dead by police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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