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Kilgore police say propane standoff is an apparent murder-suicide


A standoff in Kilgore ended safely Thursday night after one man threatened to blow himself and his father up by filling a pickup cab full of propane. 

The incident happened at around 5 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the 500 block of Gladewater Street in Kilgore.

Investigators say 50-year-old William Lawson and his 76-year-old father, Robert Lawson, were locked inside a pickup truck with an opened propane tank. 

Officers say they could smell the propane when they arrived. Kilgore police tried to talk with the men inside the truck but say William Lawson threatened to ignite the propane with a lighter, killing himself, his father, and responding officers. 

Kilgore Police Chief Roman Roberson says officials could see the windows of the truck fogging up. He says the Kilgore Fire Department and Kilgore Police Department worked together to break the windows of the truck and pull the men to safety. 

Roberson says, before breaking the windows of the truck, officials saw William Lawson trying to strangle his father. 

Both men were transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Kilgore. Robert Lawson was then taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview in critical condition. 

William Lawson is in police custody. Kilgore police say he will be charged with attempted murder. 

Part of Gladewater Street was shut down during the standoff. Kilgore police say they evacuated several homes near where the truck was parked to make sure everyone was safe.

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