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Suspect shot after pointing gun at officers in Harrison County

From Staff Reports
Sept. 20, 2011 at 5:58 a.m.

A 44-year-old Longview man was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy early Tuesday morning after authorities say he pointed a gun at three law enforcement officers in a standoff that lasted nearly six hours.

Harrison County Sheriff's spokesman Jay Webb said two Hallsville police officers and one Harrison County sheriff's deputy were dispatched at about 2 a.m. Tuesday to Lansing Switch Road in connection with a family disturbance.

Webb said when officers arrived, Richard Owen Dean had a gun and barricaded himself in a motor home.

Webb said after Dean denied the deputies' attempts to speak with him, he continually pointed the gun at his head and made threatening gestures with the weapon toward the law enforcement officers.

Deputies then fired a shot, killing Dean.

Webb said the Harrison County deputy was placed on administrative leave while Texas Rangers investigate. He was unsure whether the two Hallsville officers were placed on leave.

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