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By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - A house on West Point Tap Road is quiet today, much different than Wednesday night when members of Palestine Police exchanged gunfire with a man barricaded inside.

Police responded to a call regarding a deceased person a little after 9pm Wednesday night. Upon approaching the residence, 62-year-old Ronnie Cook began to fire gunshots at authorities who took cover and secured a perimeter around the house.

Two hours after a standoff, Cook called 911 and began to negotiate terms of his surrender with the operator on duty. Soon after midnight, Cook walked out of the house wearing a pair of his own handcuffs he placed on his own wrists.

Entering the home soon after, authorities discovered Cook's 62-year-old wife, Frances Darlene Cook, dead in the bathroom with a single gunshot wound.

Cook was taken to Anderson County Jail where he remains without bond for attempted capital murder and is facing murder charges for his wife, Frances Darlene Cook.

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