Witnesses: Granbury shooting suspect had assault-type rifle, tactical gear

Published on Friday, 28 June 2013 13:13 - Written by

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(WFAA) A man suspected of shooting a Hood County deputy early Friday was killed by Granbury police near City Hall after wounding a police officer in a gun battle. 

Granbury Police Department Chief Mitch Galvan said the wounded officer was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. He is alert and did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Galvan was unsure of the condition of the wounded Hood County deputy, nor did he know where the initial shooting occurred.

According to Galvan, officers spotted the suspect near the 200 block of Houston St. at about 11:30 a.m. Friday. The suspect, who has not been identified, exited his van and opened fire with an assault-type rifle on the officers, striking one, the chief said.

Police returned fire and killed the man, Galvan added.  

Witnesses Gary Farina and Joe Vandaveer said the suspect was wearing what appeared to be tactical gear. The two witnesses said the man looked at them as they stood near City Hall and then swung his rifle toward officers who had pulled in behind him. Farina said he then heard gunfire, although it was not clear who shot first. 

"He got out of the van and three of us were standing there and then for a split second he looked at us and turned, and as soon as he turned, we started hearing gunfire," Farina said. "As soon as we heard the gunfire we turned and came to the back of the building." 

At least one window at City Hall was hit during the shootout. No one was injured because of it. 

Officers placed at least 40 evidence markers along Houston St. near the intersection with Bridge St. 

An abandoned white van sat in a parking lot near an assault-type rifle, Galvan said. The body of the suspect is covered with a white sheet. 

Granbury is about 41 miles southwest of Fort Worth.