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Records: West Texas gunman has 'suicidal tendencies' in 2001

DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who killed seven people in West Texas over Labor Day weekend was arrested in 2001 for trying to break into a woman's bedroom after threatening to kill her brother, and hospital staff later determined he had "suicidal...

 

West Texas shooting brings 2 intertwined cities even closer

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A Texas state trooper was the first to be shot. He pulled over Seth Aaron Ator for failing to signal a left turn, not knowing that Ator had just lost his job or that he was carrying an AR-style rifle. From there, Ator sped...

 

Texas shooter got gun at private sale; denied in 2014 check

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that blocked him from getting a gun in 2014 due to a "mental health...

 

Police: 7 killed, 22 injured in West Texas shooting rampage

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Authorities said Sunday they still could not explain why a man with an AR-style weapon opened fire during a routine traffic stop in West Texas to begin a terrifying rampage that killed seven people, injured 22 others and ended...

 

FBI: West Texas gunman 'was on a long spiral of going down'

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a West Texas rampage "was on a long spiral of going down" and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven people, calling 911 both before and after the shooting began, authorities said...

 

Ransomware attack hits more than 20 Texas local governments

DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size on Friday, but several of the cities had resumed normal operations by Tuesday, state officials said. The Texas Department...

 

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

HASLET, Texas (AP) — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway....

 

Leaders say love will triumph over hate after El Paso attack

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Leaders from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border told thousands of people gathered in a baseball stadium in El Paso Wednesday that love will triumph over hatred in the wake of a mass shooting by a man who authorities believe...

 

Police: El Paso shooting suspect said he targeted Mexicans

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The man accused of carrying out last weekend's deadly mass shooting at a Walmart in the Texas border city of El Paso confessed to officers while he was surrendering and later explained that he had been targeting Mexicans,...

 

NTSB: Crew spoke of engine trouble before deadly Texas crash

DALLAS (AP) — Seconds before a small plane crashed at a suburban Dallas airport, killing all 10 people on board, the crew commented on a problem with the left engine, federal officials said Tuesday. The Beechcraft BE-350 King Air struggled to gain...

 

Texas police officer charged with murder in Dallas shooting

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas police officer has been indicted on a murder charge two weeks after shooting the unarmed driver of a truck that had been reported stolen as the vehicle swerved past his police SUV in a Dallas parking lot. Farmers Branch Office...

 

Photographer recounts facing Dallas gunman

DALLAS (AP) — Waiting outside a federal courthouse, photographer Tom Fox took in Dallas' 8 a.m. bustle. People dressed for work got out of cars. A homeless man danced on a street pole. But when what initially sounded like a truck backfiring...

 

Crane collapses during storm in Dallas, killing 1 woman

DALLAS (AP) — A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm collapsed on a Dallas apartment building Sunday, killing one woman in the building and injuring at least six more people, two of them critically, a fire official said. Crews...

 
 By JAKE BLEIBERG    Regional    May 2, 2019

Texas officer charged with homicide for shooting black man

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas grand jury indicted a suburban Dallas police officer Wednesday on a charge of criminally negligent homicide for fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop last year. The Tarrant County grand jury indicted Arlington...

 

Dallas officer tells 911: 'I thought it was my apartment'

DALLAS (AP) — The former Dallas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own home told a 911 dispatcher "I thought it was my apartment" nearly 20 times as she waited for emergency responders to arrive, according to a recording of...

 

Rise in suicide attempts in Texas prisons alarms advocates

DALLAS (AP) — Sawyer Letcher heard voices others couldn't. They told him to hurt himself. Trying to silence the clamor in his head, the 19-year-old would bang it against a prison wall in Texas until he bled. He tried to hang himself at least twice...

 

Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling

DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompa...

 

Briton dies in head-on collision at Texas off-roading event

DALLAS (AP) — An Englishman has died after the four-wheeler he was driving collided head-on with another all-terrain vehicle at a North Texas off-roading event known as "Rednecks with Paychecks Spring Break," a sheriff's official said Wednesday. Af...

 

Sheriff: No likely survivors in jetliner crash near Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner heading to Houston with three people aboard disintegrated after crashing Saturday into a bay east of the city, according to a Texas sheriff. Witnesses told emergency personnel that the twin-engine plane "w...

 

Prison transport firm closing after escape, cites insurance

DALLAS (AP) — A private prisoner transport company has announced its closure after an MMA fighter accused in two killings escaped this month from one of its vans while being escorted to a jail in Texas. Texas Prisoner Transportation Services told...

 

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