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3/13/04 - Huntington

Suspect Shoots Cop, Then Himself

An officer is shot in the line of duty. The suspect kills himself after a police chase and standoff. The shooting took place in the town of Huntington, located 10 miles southeast of Lufkin on Highway 69. According to police, 24 year old Sashi Kashika Roberts was pulled over by Huntington Police Officer John Logan for speeding in Huntington this morning. Roberts also had warrants for his arrest. When Logan returned to the vehicle, Roberts allegedly shot Logan twice.

"I heard a gunshot, one time," said witness Richard Bass. "It seemed like it was another four or five minutes, I heard a second one. Aproximately another minute after that, two more gunshots, pow, pow."

Roberts then fled in his vehicle through Angelina County and into Nacogdoches County. Police say Roberts turned into a mobile home park where he bailed out of his car and ran on foot through the woods. Roberts was found in a home and immediately surrounded by swat teams. Several explosions from tear gas canisters could be heard. About 4:00 this afternoon, the standoff came to a deadly end.

"I would estimate he was probably in the residence a good hour, maybe longer, before we made entry, after the officers heard what appeared to be the sound of a gunshot," said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss. "Once the team made entry into the residence, they did find that the suspect had taken his own life."

Late this evening, residents were able to return to their homes. Windows at the home where Roberts was held up, are broken and holes of tear gas canisters can be seen. Neighbors say they never expected this type of violence to occur so close to them.

"It's crazy. I never really thought anything like that would happen, you know, somebody taking their life next door to me and everything," said neighbor Mary Murray.

It will take several days for the tear gas to disappear, but neighbors say much longer to get over what happened in the peaceful neighborhood.

Police say Officer Logan is listed in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

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